Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is howling about the nuclear deal with Iran. So why do Israel’s securocrats think it’s a ‘pretty good’ agreement?
A cyberspace security expert has revealed he received a series of emails from an Iranian nuclear scientist complaining that computers at two plants bizarrely started playing a heavy metal anthem over the weekend. According to Mikko Hypponen, a Finnish computer security expert who advises governments on cyber-security, the attack caused computers at the Natanz and Fordo nuclear plants to blast the metal anthem “Thunderstruck” , by Australian rock megagroup ACDC, at full volume through the middle of the night. Centrifuge-wrecking malware such as Flame and Stuxnet reportedly slowed Iran’s nuclear program, but it is not known if the “Thunderstruck” attack has similarly rocked Iran’s controversial nuclear ambitions.
In my most recent weekly column I quoted at some length from Uzi Arad, professor of strategic affairs at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center, who served until a year ago as chairman of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s National Security Council. Arad is one of Israel’s most influential strategic thinkers, a former Mossad director of research, founder of the Herzliya Conference and Netanyahu’s closest national security adviser in and out of office from the mid-1990s until March 2011, when Arad resigned amid a messy disagreement over Iran strategy.