In an interview with Israeli television Thursday evening, Yossi Cohen gave details of the theft of Iran’s nuclear archive.
Israel signed thousands of documents on Iran’s nuclear archive in a 2018 raid by Mossad agents.
Cohen also alluded to Israel’s involvement in the destruction of Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, and in the assassination of a nuclear scientist.
Cohen retired from the Mossad leadership last week. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed him to head the Mossad in late 2015.
Cohen joined the Secret Service in 1982 after completing his university studies in London.
In Thursday’s interview, Cohen revealed that he possessed hundreds of travel visas obtained during his work.
And the dialogue party was about revealing secrets, but the most part in this regard is what he talked about the theft of Iran’s nuclear archive.
Netanyahu revealed the stolen documents at a press conference in 2018, when he tried to prove that Iran had secretly tried to build a nuclear weapon and that it secretly possessed the knowledge to do so — allegations that Iran denies.
In an interview Thursday, Cohen said that it took two years to plan the process of acquiring Iran’s nuclear archive.
Journalist Ilan Dayan, who moderated the interview with Cohen, said that 20 Mossad agents took part in the operation on the ground, and none of them was Israeli.
The Mossad chief followed up on the operation from a command center in Tel Aviv.
Agents infiltrated a warehouse and had to break more than 30 safes.
Cohen told The Times of Israel how exciting it was when he watched the precious documents appear on the screen.
He added that all those who carried out the operation survived, and that they are now fine, although some had to leave Iran.
At the beginning of the dialogue, Cohen talked about a nuclear facility in the city of Natanz, south of the capital, Tehran.
Iran had announced an act of sabotage that caused a fire at its uranium enrichment site in July 2020.
A day after unveiling new equipment last April, officials again spoke of sabotage that caused major losses.
Iran accused Israel of “nuclear terrorism” as a result of this incident.
Cohen told his host that he knew the location of the Natanz facility well; He can even take it to the basement “where the centrifuges are”.
The former Mossad chief also spoke of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s chief nuclear researcher who was assassinated on a road outside Tehran last November – in an attack Tehran accused Israel of being behind.
Cohen did not confirm or deny Israel’s involvement in the killing of the Iranian nuclear scientist, but he nonetheless indicated that Fakhrizadeh had been a target for years, and that his scientific knowledge was a Mossad concern.
“Anyone who represents a potential threat to the citizens of Israel should not remain,” Cohen said.
But the former Mossad chief added, “But a person can maintain his existence if he shows a willingness to change his profession and not harm us.”