The document also reiterates the findings of cyber security reports earlier this month which indicated that Iran appeared to be improving its own skills at cyber warfare by learning from the remnants of attacks launched against it, as in the case of the Israeli-American Stuxnet virus that targeted Iran’s nuclear enrichment centrifuges.
“The N.S.A. document further emphasizes that the cyber conflict between the two countries is far from over and that the capabilities of both sides are ever expanding,” The Diplomat reported.
This seems to suggest that despite relatively calm relations between the two countries in the midst of diplomatic negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, there is still low-level conflict and antagonism going on below the surface. What’s more, the threat always exists for that conflict to turn hot, especially if negotiations do not have their intended effect.
But that threat also presents interesting potential for changing global dynamics. On one hand, the more hawkish Iran policy of the Israeli government has put it at odds with the Obama administration in recent months. On the other hand, HNGN reported on Wednesday that there were emerging signs of cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of which are under threat not only from Iran’s nuclear program but also from its expansion of regional influence.
The site indicates that Saudi Arabia is prepared to let Israel overfly its airspace in the event that the Jewish state deems it necessary to strike Iran in order to prevent its progress toward a nuclear weapon. However, the Saudis have indicated that such an arrangement is conditional upon some sign of progress in the Iraeli-Palestinian peace process.
While the hardline Saudi and Israeli opposition to Iran, as well as the somewhat divided policy of confrontation and negotiation of the United States are well-established, some other countries seem poised to move toward either cooperating with or confronting the Islamic Republic.
Fox News reports that an Argentine judge has thrown out the case against the country’s president, Cristina Fernandez, who had been accused of helping to cover up Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association, in exchange for favorable trade agreements.
The previous prosecutor in that case, Alberto Nisman was found dead in his home the day before he was scheduled to present evidence. The case has since been taken up by Gerardo Policita, who plans to appeal the judge’s decision, arguing that transcripts of intercepted conversations clearly show a pattern of secret negotiations between the Iranian and Argentine governments.
If the case is sound, the outcome of the appeal may make the difference between the obstruction or continuation of significant, clandestine Iranian influence in the Western hemisphere.