Israeli book leaves Iranian leaders atwitter

New book exploring alleged Israeli connection to hits on Iranian nuclear scientist is causing a stir in Tehran; but other in Iran’s media question information’s validity

By Ynet

 

An new book penned by two Israeli journalists and focusing on Israel’s alleged link to the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, is all the rage among Iran‘s top political echelon, the New York Times reported Friday.

Scene of a hit on Iranian scientist (Archvies)

According to a report, the book – “Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars,” by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, has “set off a buzz” among the regime, the Iranian Opposition and the Islamic Republic’s media.

Veteran reporter Yossi Melman, formally with Haaretz, is widely regarded as a leading intelligence journalist. Dan Raviv is the national political correspondent for CBS News.

In their book, the two claim that the Mossad, via local proxies in Tehran, was responsible for the killing of five Iranian nuclear scientists over the past several years. Israel adamantly denies any connection to the scientists’ demise.

Opinions on the validity of the information, however, seem to be split: According to the report, while Iranian state media view the book as one exposing details Israel would rather the world not know, other media outlets “ridicule the book’s assertions as ‘the biggest joke of the century.'”

One website, which claims to “document all psychological operations and soft war against Iran,” argued that the assumption that Mossad is skilled enough to train local operatives to carry out such sophisticated hits and then escaped safely back to Tel Aviv, is preposterous.

There are currently no plans to translate the book from English to into Persian, but it has sparked avid interest across the political spectrum, and blogs on both the Left and the Right have translated part of it for the purpose of commentary and analysis.

The book has been hailed a success, as Amazon ranked it 200 out of the one million books sold online in the past week.

 

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4255042,00.html

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