11 thoughts on “Israel Atomic Energy Commission Chief’s Laptop Stolen…Twice! – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Is Shaul Chorev spearheading Netanyahu’s political force on foreign policy or a nuclear scientist assigned as Israel’s representative to IAEA?

    Israel’s nuclear chief Chorev: Jerusalem can defend itself

    Israel is not indifferent to “direct and blunt” Iranian threats to its existence and is “competent to deter its enemies and to defend itself. Iran’s nuclear activities are conducted in violation of all relevant UN Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors resolutions, and are carried out with impunity, as measures of the international community have no effect on Iran’s nuclear program.”

    Chorev added that Iranian fingerprints were all over Syria, where “the Syrian regime fights for its survival at a cost of tens of thousands of lives of innocent Syrian civilians.”

    I’m astonished how Israel fails to view the Islamist violence (Al-Nusra Front) in Syria not as a potential existential threat to the Jewish state. I’m very interested to hear John Kerry as he travels through the region and visits key states. I’m hoping for a signal of change but won’t hold my breath.

    As I recall, a number of bombings in Lebanon in 2005 – Rafiq Hariri – Gebran Tueni – Pierre Gemayal were claimed by a Salafist group called “Strugglers for the Unity and Freedom of al-Sham” and linked to Jund al-Sham. A precursor?

    1. “in violation of all relevant UN Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors resolutions, and are carried out with impunity,” Israel’s nuclear program violates no agreements or UN resolutions because Israel has not agreed to any covenants about its nuclear program and this because that program doesn’t exist. It is a completely renegade program, an bit of “exceptionalism.”

  2. Iranian dissidents …
    “Despite the fact that it was listed as a terrorist organization,
    the MEK was a favorite of neoconservatives in the Pentagon.”

    The Obama administration (Hillary Clinton) has moved beyond the neocon past(?) and removed the MEK from its list as a terrorist organization. The Mossad loves to “piggy-back” terror groups like MEK and Jundullah for terror strikes deep in Iran. The Mossad has proven in the past how effective that can be by funding and infiltrating the Baader Meinhof gang after the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre. Golda Meir’s select group was named Committee X, how fitting.

    Shin Bet says “trust us”, Israel is not a dark nation where its citizens just disappear from the face of the earth …
    By Yossi Melman in article: Prisoner X, the Mossad and The Futility of Censorship.

  3. You have to wonder if these events are not more controlled than they seem. Israel does not want to break its ambiguity on whether it has nukes or not but can “leak” information that causes its enemy to pause when considering attacking it.
    I am convinced that this was the case with Vanunu who served as the conduit to release dissuasive information without changing Israel’s policy on the nuclear ambiguity.

    1. oh the convergence of it all. i agree with eden, and richard has ‘the worst kept secret’ on the website store. in ‘worst’ cohen details the negotiations between the US/nixon and israel about its nascent nuclear weapons stock, ultimately agreeing that israel would not ‘introduce’ nuclear weapons into the ME, included in its novel definition of ‘introduction’ that israel may ‘possess’ such weapons but not publicly acknowledge its possession. that’s where vanunu comes in, whether willing participant or sucker. israel gets to publicly disclose the existence of nuclear weapons, while nominally keeping its deal with the US. the computer thefts could be more of that, or something worse, like the intentional transfer of nuclear information, but who knows.

  4. Israel never needed to steal the Iranian laptop, Israel for a while was getting all the information entered in many Iranian’s computers, to the level that every letter typed among certain computers in Iran was being read in Tel-Aviv. Among the documents circulated was a detailed drawing of the chamber in parchin military base, and many others.

    I have no particular knowledge of the documents the anti-war guys talk about. To draw a conclusion out of that incident is simply the wrong thing to do in my opinion.

  5. “The blogger Richard Silverstein pointed out the irony that Israel had previously claimed to have obtained secrets about Iran’s nuclear programme from a stolen laptop which it used as evidence of Iran’s ambitions for nuclear weapons – claims now widely believed to be untrue.”
    The Guardian by
    Phoebe Greenwood in Tel Aviv
    | 27 February 2013 16.33 GMT |

    1. Thanks for letting me know that. Finally someone in the MSM has picked up the story. But she didn’t get it quite right. According to Barak Ravid, the IAEC actually broke the gag order & violated censorship. There wasn’t a partial lifting of the gag. Though it could be that Ravid misunderstood the situation & Greenwood has it right.

      1. Since Ravid is an Israeli journalist based in Israel and since every gag and or censorship orders are forwarded immediately to all Israel based media outlets, i assume he got it right and she got it second hand.
        But then again, who knows.

  6. In this case there is a logical reason for the initial gag order as the thieves may not know exactly from whom they stole, they may well have thought him just to be an ordinary rich person. Supplying them with the info thro’ the media would motivate them to up the market price for the stolen goods and make them read what’s on the computer instead of giving to their kids…

    1. It’s easy enough for a resourceful thief in Israel to know precisely whose house he’s burglarizing. Given there were video surveillance cameras & likely an alarm system I just don’t believe these were run of the mill criminals. They knew what they wanted and they didn’t want what average burglars would want (electronic gear, jewelry, etc.).

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