According to high-level defense sources, Iran currently takes up a good deal of the Mossad's resources and is certainly the spy agency's number one priority.
By YAAKOV KATZ
The holder of the official government "Iran File" is Meir Dagan, head of the Mossad and the man entrusted with leading the efforts to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear power. According to high-level defense sources, Iran currently takes up a good deal of the Mossad's resources and is certainly the spy agency's number one priority.
Another agency closely watching Iran is Military Intelligence which, together with the Mossad, is responsible for intelligence gathering and analyzing overt and secret information. The Israeli Atomic Energy Commission is responsible for maintaining contact with the International Atomic Energy Agency and for providing a professional up-to-date analysis on the technical progress in Iran's nuclear program.
There is also the Foreign Ministry, which is spearheading diplomatic efforts to stop Iran, starting with the sanctions imposed last month by the UN Security Council. National Security Council head Ilan Mizrahi, a former deputy head of the Mossad and a well-respected expert on Iran, is also intimately involved in all spheres of the effort.
Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz has appointed OC Air Force Maj.-Gen. Elazar Shkedy as the head of the "Iranian front" in the IDF. If military action is decided on, he will command the strike against Iranian nuclear sites, an attack that will be primarily carried out by IAF fighter-bombers.
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