could the jews run a cyber-attack on bushehr?

Emergency shutdown reported at Iranian nuclear plant, officials say power facility offline for ‘technical overhaul’, Jun 20 2021

Nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran. Photo: Caren Firouz/Reuters

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has been shut down, and will remain offline for “three to four days,” state TV reported. The shutdown is the first in the plant’s 10 years of operation. An official from Iran’s state power company, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, announced the shutdown on a talk show on Sunday, and told the public it could result in power outages. Rakhshanimehr said the plant was shut down on Saturday “for a technical overhaul which will continue for a few days.” Construction of the Bushehr plant began before the 1979 Islamic Revolution but was interrupted by the Iran-Iraq war and finally completed with Russian assistance. The plant began supplying electricity in 2011, and has never been shut down since. The Bushehr shutdown comes a year after an explosion ripped through Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, where uranium enrichment was taking place. A former Israeli intelligence chief recently suggested his country was behind the July 2020 blast. The Natanz facility was rocked by another explosion in April of this year, with Iranian officials calling the incident an act of “sabotage.” In March, Iranian nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari had warned that the Bushehr plant was at risk of a shutdown, as US sanctions were making it difficult to source parts and equipment, according to reports citing Iranian state media.

Ebrahim Raisi’s Victory Gives Israel ‘No Choice’ But to Attack Iran’s Nuclear Programme, Report Says
Max Gorbachev, Sputnik News, Jun 20 2021

Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi. Photo: Majid Asgaripour/WANA

On Saturday, Iran’s Interior Ministry declared Ebrahim Raisi the winner of the nation’s presidential elections. The top judge, who is known for his ultraconservative views, received almost 62% of the vote amid the country’s lowest voter turnout (48.8%). Israeli officials have warned that Ebrahim Raisi’s victory in the Iranian presidential elections gives them “no choice” but to attack Iran’s nuclear programme, Israel’s Channel 12 has reported, citing a senior government source. “It will require budgets and the reallocation of resources,” the source told the TV channel, adding that Israeli security officials believe Raisi will adopt hardline views on foreign and nuclear policy pushed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Earlier, Israel said the international community should have grave concerns about Ebrahim Raisi becoming president of Iran. Several high-ranking Israeli officials have harshly criticised the president-elect, with the country’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid describing Raisi as an “extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians.” Lapid wrote in a statement on Twitter:

His election should prompt renewed determination to immediately halt Iran’s nuclear program and put an end to its destructive regional ambitions.

Israel and Iran have had a tense relationship since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran. At the time, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini adopted a sharp anti-Israel stance and cut off all ties with its neighbour. Over the years, both sides have engaged in tit-for-tat actions, but avoided a direct military conflict. Relations between the two sides have further deteriorated due to Iran’s nuclear programme, which Israel deems as an existential threat. The Israeli media has reported that the chief of the IOF will head a delegation to Washington to discuss Iran. Earlier this week, Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz warned that “all options are on the table.”

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