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Israel Tries To Kill The Nuclear Deal

Last Friday Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in a coordinated terrorist attack outside of Tehran. The Iranian government has publicly blamed Israel for the attack, and according to early reports Israeli involvement has been confirmed by U.S. and other intelligence officials. Israel sponsored a number of similar assassinations of lower-profile scientists in the early 2010s, and their government is a loud opponent of U.S. reentry into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The purpose of murdering Fakhrizadeh seems to have been to trigger a conflict that would kill the JCPOA, but the murderers also reminded us why it is so important that their efforts fail.

While Khamenei and the Iranian president have both vowed revenge for Fakhrizadeh’s killing, the Iranian government has an incentive to bide its time and refrain from any immediate response to the provocation. The murder nonetheless complicates the incoming Biden administration’s task of rejoining the nuclear deal. It will strengthen the hand of hard-liners inside Iran, and it will tend to make Iranians of all stripes less willing to compromise on issues related to national security. It shows the lengths to which Israel may go to disrupt and undermine the nuclear deal, and it presages the intense opposition that Biden will face from reckless regional clients in trying to keep the deal alive.