Jerusalem: Crediting chief of Israel`s intelligence agency Mossad for thwarting Tehran`s nuclear programme, an Egyptian newspaper has dubbed him "Israel`s Superman" who is the "brain" behind last week`s assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist.
"Surely the Iranians know who stands behind the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi in Tehran last Tuesday. Any Iranian official understands that the magic word is `Dagan`,” an article in Al-Ahram said referring to Mossad chief Meir Dagan.
The newspaper`s analyst for Palestinian affairs, Ashraf Abu al-Haul, claimed that "without Dagan, the Iranian nuclear programme would have been complete years ago".
"Nevertheless, the director of the Mossad, whose name is mostly unknown, works away from the limelight and the eyes of the media," Abu al-Haul added.
The Egyptian newspaper stressed that Dagan has spent the last seven years relentlessly on foiling Iran`s nuclear programme and has had successes on many other fronts. "Whoever follows Israeli domestic politics understands that the head of the Mossad, who was appointed to his post in September 2002, was able to accomplish feats no man can describe.”
“From the Iranian issue and limiting the military force of the Syrian Army to facing Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad," the report said.
Al-Haul also claimed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified his decision to extend Dagan`s term in view of the serious threats faced by the Jewish state that required the Mossad head to continue in his post, without appointing a successor.
Israeli media last year adjudged the Mossad chief as the person of the year, broadly hinting at successful missions carried under his leadership.