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The shadow war between Israel and Iran, acquired a new dimension last month, in
an unexpected arena. On October 24, a mysterious air attack demolished workshops
and stores at a munitions factory in Yarmouk, a suburb of Khartoum, the capital
No one claimed responsibility for the attack but Sudanese
cabinet ministers immediately accused the Israel Air Force of bombing the
Israeli officials refused to confirm or deny the reports,
creating an aura of ambiguity. But for the Israeli media and commentators it
appeared clear, for a variety of historical, military, intelligence and
operational reasons, that the Jewish state was indeed behind the
To add drama to the event, two Iranian warships docked at Port
Sudan a few days later. Official statements in both Sudan and Iran claimed that
the naval visit had been meant to demonstrate the good relations between the two
countries and was unrelated to the attack. But clearly the two events are
linked. The Iranians arrived on a fact-finding and damage-control mission. And
not only them.
A few days later the Israel Navy sent two of its warships,
via the Suez Canal, to the Red Sea, sailing along the extensive Sudanese
Like their Iranian counterparts, Israeli officials explained
that the voyage was “routine,” planned weeks in advance and had nothing to do
with the recent developments. No one takes this explanation at face
Ships, like planes and satellites, are platforms. They can carry
all sorts of loads: bombs and missiles but also cameras, sensors and listening
Like aggressive canines, the Israelis and Iranians sniff, bark
and sometimes bite each other, with state of the art electronic gadgets
extending into sea, land, air and outer space.
The two enemies take their
covert war of attrition to battlefields all over the Middle East and beyond.
Sudan is just another brick in the wall of animosity.
foreign reports, Israeli intelligence agents were behind the assassinations of
Iranian scientists and several sabotage attacks on Iranian missile and nuclear
sites. Israeli and American cyberwarfare wizards reportedly contaminated Iranian
computers and control systems, which damaged thousands of centrifuges that may
enable Tehran to produce weapons-grade nuclear material. These and other
unreported operations slowed down the pace of Iran’s nuclear program by a couple
of years, but did not stop it.For more in-depth reporting and insight from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World subscribe to The Jerusalem Report