With the Iranians marching onwards towards a nuclear weapon, Israel has taken aim at former IAEA chairman Mohamed ElBaradei.
Senior Israeli officials said Tuesday night that the International Atomic Energy Agency report stating that Iran has been working on developing a nuclear weapon design proves that the former UN nuclear watchdog chairman “was an Iranian agent”.
On Wednesday, ElBaradei rejected Israel’s accusations and called them “false.” His response was published on the website of the Egyptian daily al-Youm al-Saba’a.
The former IAEA chairman, Mohamed ElBaradei, is an Egyptian diplomat who even won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
For years he defended the Iranian nuclear program, claiming that it was peaceful, thus allowing the Iranians to continue their activity with the nuclear watchdog’s seal of approval.
According to one of the state officials, the new report published Tuesday proves “just how much he was working for the Iranians.
“He simply rescued Iran and was constantly busy covering up for them, causing serious damage by allowing the Iranians to fool the entire world and play for time. History may judge him as the person who helped Iran obtain a nuclear weapon.
“The things exposed now are not new. These are old things which were hidden and not published,” the official added. “Now it turns out that ElBaradei led an active policy of concealment and disregard. This is very serious. He is a despicable person.”
“ElBaradei didn’t just mess us up, he messed up the entire sane world,” added Uzi Eilam, former head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Agency. “He was dishonest his entire term. He is the one who stopped the Security Council from imposing serious sanctions, providing the Iranians with precious time.”
I’m not sure ElBaradei was an actual Iranian agent, but he certainly seems to have deliberately given Iran a helping hand.
And speaking of ElBaradei and giving hands, I have long noted his resemblance to a family favorite.
But judging by this photo of him, it looks like he can go the other way.