Iran’s top uranium enrichment facility was hit with a major “power outage” today that resulted in the complete shutdown of the huge complex. Initial reports from Iran of the event at the Natanz nuclear plant being “unexplained” quickly turned to accusations of sabotage by Israel.
There has been no confirmation from Israel, nor will they be. Unlike other nations that often take credit for successful operations, Israel tends to remain coy about such things. The infamous “Stuxnet” cyberattack in 2010 on the same facility that destroyed over 1000 centrifuges has never been confirmed by the Israeli government, but it is widely accepted that it was a joint operation between American intelligence agencies and Israel’s Mossad. According to Jerusalem Post:
The Mossad was reportedly behind the cyberattack at the Natanz nuclear plant on Sunday that caused extensive damage to Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the security cabinet’s first meeting in two months to discuss Iran next Sunday amid increased tensions with Tehran.
Western sources quoted in Israeli media said the attack, which was initially referred to as an “accident” by Iran, was carried out by the Mossad.
Iran admitted on Sunday evening that the so-called “accident” was the result of a “terrorist” act.
The country’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency needed to deal with what he called nuclear terrorism. Iran reserves the right to take action against the perpetrators, he was quoted as saying.
The alleged attack took place on Iran’s National Nuclear Technology Day, one day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced to the world that they were moving forward with the relaunch of the facility. There are no reported casualties nor contamination.
Assuming this action was performed by Mossad, it raises the question of the political ramifications. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been tasked with forming a new government. If he is unable to put together a coalition of 61 Knesset Members in the next three weeks, the mandate could go to one of his opponents or a fifth election in just over two years could be called.
This move demonstrates the boldness that has been a trademark of the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israeli history. While it’s unlikely that this was done purely as a publicity stunt, the timing is important as it shows Netanyahu is continuing to make decisions on behalf of his people despite the political strife that has engulfed the lone Middle Eastern democracy since 2019.
At an Independence Day event on Sunday with the heads of the security branches, Netanyahu said, “The struggle against Iran and its proxies and the Iranian armament efforts is a huge mission.”
In a possible reference to the reported Mossad operation taking the uranium enrichment machines off-line within hours of their launch, he said, “The situation that exists today will not necessarily be the situation that will exist tomorrow.”
While Iran continues to rattle its sabers and bully most of the international community, including President Biden, Israel stands athwart their nuclear ambitions. Along the way, Benjamin Netanyahu is building political stock.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report has appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. One of our YouTube accounts was banned and another has been suspended. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancelation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects. These questions are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting cancelled.
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