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January 18, 2011

“Israel Has Already Attacked Iran”

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Iran’s nuclear program is in the news again. And for once, the news is good. A flurry of recent reports – including a major article in The New York Times – make the following three points:

• Israel and the United States collaborated on creating the Stuxnet computer worm that has damaged Iran’s nuclear facilities;
• This worm – combined with economic sanctions, assassinations and other sabotage – has been effective in delaying Iran’s progress towards a nuclear weapon; and
• This delay is more or less equal to that which would have resulted from an Israeli bombing raid.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an Iranian nuclear plant. (AP photo)

While surprising, this final point is a matter of emerging consensus. It has been widely reported that when the Israelis sought the Bush Administration’s approval to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, they argued that such an attack could delay Iran’s nuclear program by approximately three years. Both Israeli and American leaders – including the outgoing chief of Israel’s Mossad — now claim that the Stuxnet attack has delayed Iran’s nuclear program by approximately three years. Thus Israel has apparently achieved through cyber attack everything it hoped to achieve through an airstrike. As Israeli reporter Yossi Melman phrased it, “Israel has already attacked Iran.”

Significantly, this cyber strike has delayed Iran’s nuclear program without the massive military retaliation that an airstrike would certainly have triggered. After an Israeli bombing raid, Iran would launch the hundreds of long-range missiles in its arsenal capable of reaching Israel. And Iran would order its puppets in Hezbollah and Hamas to fire their massive stockpiles of missiles at Israel as well. Every major Israeli city and even Israel’s nuclear facility in Dimona are within range of these missiles. The destruction would be catastrophic.

This cyber attack was a sign of the old Israel. An Israel that is as wise as a serpent. An Israel that goes around the mountain instead of crashing headfirst into it. It is an Israel that we have missed.

Yet despite such good news, we must remember that it’s only a temporary reprieve. Iran’s nuclear program may have been delayed, but it hasn’t been destroyed. Not even close. Iran will develop nuclear weapons within the next few years unless these tactics are maintained and even accelerated. And Iran’s well documented efforts to smuggle in nuclear technology and materiel could at any time shorten the process. The clock is still ticking.

By all accounts, economic sanctions have been an important part of the current delaying strategy. They must be strengthened immediately. According to a report in Reuters, Iran is now struggling to develop a nuclear weapon before its already crippled economy succumbs to sanctions. As one intelligence cable put it, “A race exists between the bomb and financial collapse.”

Sanctions alone wouldn’t have worked. But together with these other measures, they are proving to be invaluable. We in CUFI must resist the defeatist claim that sanctions are worthless. We must do everything in our power to avoid the day when Israel will once again be forced to contemplate a military strike as the only way to prevent Iran from going nuclear. Those of us who aren’t computer geniuses must contribute to this effort by working to strengthen sanctions.

Finally, while this week brings good news, it also brings an ominous reminder of the danger of a nuclear Iran. England’s Daily Telegraph newspaper — citing “western intelligence sources” — has reported that the Russian scientists working at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor have sent an urgent letter back to their bosses in the Kremlin. They are alarmed that despite possible damage from Stuxnet, the Iranians are pressuring them to activate the reactor this summer, without any delay. They warn that proceeding so quickly in the face of such potential difficulties could produce a nuclear disaster on the scale of Chernobyl.

The Russian report accuses the Iranians of “not exhibiting the professional and moral responsibility” typical of other governments. It claims that the Iranians have a chilling “disregard for human life.” The implications of this report are indeed alarming, but hardly surprising. If the Iranians would risk a nuclear disaster at home to develop a nuclear weapon, is there any reason to believe they wouldn’t inflict a nuclear disaster abroad by using a nuclear weapon?

In stark contrast, the Israelis have once again demonstrated their supreme respect for innocent human life, and even “innocent” foreign property. Experts have noted that the Stuxnet worm was carefully designed to damage only Iran’s nuclear facilities. Although the worm has spread to computers around the world, these computers have not been impaired. The worm only goes active in the presence of a complex configuration that can be found in one place – Iran’s nuclear facilities. Well done, Israel.

David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel and author of a new book, In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity.  You can follow David on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.



  1. Yes! Way to go Israel!!

    Comment by Sylvia — January 18, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

  2. Praise the Lord forevermore!! We knew Israel would be spared by God, but didn’t know how. I realize this is a relatively temporary fix, but it’s beautiful nonetheless!!

    Comment by Denise — January 18, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

  3. This is only a hinderance to Iran. Now they will come back with vengence.

    Comment by klp — January 18, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

  4. Israel, is under the watchful eye of the Lord. Great nations like Israel and the USA working togeather for the apple of our God’s eye.

    Comment by Chaplain Toni — January 19, 2011 @ 12:01 am

  5. God Almighty is proving that he is an awesome God. That news is so encouraging.

    Comment by Iman — January 19, 2011 @ 12:09 am

  6. While it’s great news, it’s irresponsible of the NYT to report on this. Ambiguity in this propaganda and intelligence war is as valuable as Israel’s nuclear ambiguity. The NYT is famous for its anti-Israel and seditious stance against its own country and it’s true to form that they would spill the beans about the USA and especially Israel’s clandestine and completely justified efforts. Shhhh!

    Perhaps the NYT’s energy would be better spent in dispelling the lies, spin and revisionist history that has half the Western world’s opinion siding with the Islamists against Israel. Such support is a direct cause of the next provocations such as the next few fauxtillas of suicide activists who will again invert Truth, make a mockery of “human rights” and exacerbate the firestorm of now-normalized antisemitic hatred in the West.

    Comment by Dallas — January 19, 2011 @ 12:22 am


    Comment by MARI0 M GONZALES — January 19, 2011 @ 12:23 am

  8. I’m so glad that USA collaborated with Israel. Way to go Israel!.. What a genius idea. Without killing anyone or destroying anything. Superbe coup!.. God will always be there for His children. He is their protection and will not abandon them. Even a temporary solution, it is still genious! God is the greatest defense for His people. He is Lord of Lord and King or Kings! Praise the Lord!

    Comment by Marinette Rodier — January 19, 2011 @ 12:27 am

  9. Thank You Father for your grace and mercy in protecting your people until your appointed time.

    Comment by kpm — January 19, 2011 @ 12:43 am

  10. Gods word is truth” I will Bless them that Bless her,I will Curse them that Curse her!This is more proof that God works on His time and with faith and patients,He will show us His plan.

    Comment by lonnie tuttle — January 19, 2011 @ 12:57 am


    Comment by THOMAS KANE — January 19, 2011 @ 1:07 am

  12. Way to go heavenly father. No Armageddon just yet, Iran. We must be diligent with prayers for Zion and its people. Peace and the love of Jesus Christ must reign in an imperfect world. Shalom! Shalom!

    Comment by Christopher Bowman M.S. — January 19, 2011 @ 1:18 am

  13. I find it difficult to believe the Obama/Clinton adm. helped Israel one bit.

    Comment by Frank Hunt — January 19, 2011 @ 1:40 am

  14. God is not asleep. He is watching over His people. What an awesome God we serve.

    Comment by Joe Wilkerson — January 19, 2011 @ 2:31 am

  15. Thank you David Brog for a truly enlightening article. It proves without a doubt once again that the Spirit of G-d is watching over His people and giving them strategies only He could inspire. This IS the old Israel, PTL

    Comment by Rebecca — January 19, 2011 @ 2:44 am

  16. Indeed… indeed.

    Comment by Frumious Falafel — January 19, 2011 @ 2:47 am

  17. G-D bless Israel !!

    Comment by dallas lear — January 19, 2011 @ 3:11 am

  18. I am in tears with joy. God Bless Israel Forevermore. This is truely the day the Lord has made. We (Israel and the USA), His children, will rejoice and be glad in it. We love you Israel!!!!!!!! I pray the we, USA, will always be with and for you forevermore!

    Comment by Janice Ray — January 19, 2011 @ 3:30 am

  19. Interesting is the the 3 years which is almost half of the time recorded for the end times TRIBULATION! Blessings on all Israel where ever they are! I am a member of IFCJ.

    Comment by Ernie Lyon — January 19, 2011 @ 3:32 am

  20. I’d say this is worth a Nobel. Ingenious. Trust me, this was Israel’s coup, not obamanation’s. God will protect Israel.

    Comment by Alan — January 19, 2011 @ 3:41 am

  21. […] Iran’s nuclear program is in the news again. And for once, the news is good. A flurry of recent reports – including a major article in The New York Times – make the following three points: • Israel and the United States collaborated on creating the Stuxnet computer worm that has damaged Iran’s nuclear facilities; • This worm – combined with economic sanctions, assassinations and other sabotage – has been effective in delaying Iran’s progress towa … Read More […]

    Pingback by “Israel Has Already Attacked Iran” (via Brog’s Blog) « The Cutting Edge — January 19, 2011 @ 3:51 am

  22. While i rejoice that evil has been disabled and no human life has had to be expended to achieve it, i am very disturbed that there should be any rejoicing that David Brog should count assassinations as an acceptable tool to achieve that target (“This worm – combined with economic sanctions, assassinations and other sabotage – has been effective in delaying Iran’s progress towards a nuclear weapon; and”).

    Remember that God is Just. He will call to account EVERY human being – Jew or Gentile.

    Comment by Jacqueline Lukose — January 19, 2011 @ 4:15 am

  23. “Whatever is true, noble and right, pure, lovely and admirable. If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things”

    Thanks for something pleasant to think about, Jewish brothers. I’m right there with you.

    Comment by Alan — January 19, 2011 @ 4:17 am

  24. Spoken like another milquetoast Christian “not a clue”, American, Jacqueline. Wake up! Freedom is costly. In lives and property. Israelis are being rocket bombed daily by Palestinians in the Gaza strip. You think Jews are not being killed? That’s what war and hatred does, kill people. Israel has to defend herself, and has a duty to. If that Iranian bomb is ever produced, you maynotbe able to count the casualties.

    Assassination is the answer in many cases. The only problem with taking out Imanutjob, is that his successor could be worse…if that’s possible.

    Comment by Alan — January 19, 2011 @ 4:27 am

  25. I should add that it is a pandemic problem in Christian Americans not understanding the difference in murder for personal reasons and killing in warfare. Assassination is a war tactic, and can be justified.

    Comment by Alan — January 19, 2011 @ 4:31 am

  26. Alan, I’m glad you tried to up Jaqueline’s knowledge level. And, uh,
    Jackie, let me ask you this: When The Lord comes again, are you going
    to try to rebuke HIM for “assasinating” [getting rid of evil]???
    He’s coming with a SWORD, honey, not playdough. Get real.

    Thank you, CUFI for this article, and David for writing it. GOD BLESS.

    Comment by Susan — January 19, 2011 @ 4:49 am

  27. Jaqueline, have you ever even read The Bible the whole way through from
    Genesis to Revelation? If you had, you would know that it was ADONAI
    Himself who authorized the use of deadly force (to his favorite kids-
    The Hebrews) to wipe out their enemies (duh, the bad guys).

    Now, The Bible also says that God does not change: same yesterday, today
    and tomorrow. Do you honestly think He is not going to help His favorite kids still beat the bad guys? I truly fear that you sound like one of the people who call theirselves “Christians” that WILL BE DECEIVED”. Read Your Bible and Believe It: ALL OF IT.

    Comment by Susan — January 19, 2011 @ 4:58 am

  28. I heard about this about three weeks ago. Absolutely brilliant. Now they have time to develop another worm to attack other IT-reliant systems in Iran and their collaborators to bring that evil regime down, and also to prevent their recovery from this IT worm attack. Without adequate communication systems it will be difficult for them to rule.

    The LORD has given wisdom to His people.

    Comment by Terry Turner — January 19, 2011 @ 6:51 am

  29. Having observed the “stuxnet” saga unfolding “below the radar” and “behind the scenes” for the past six months, it’s extremely gratifying and pleasing to see the results to date, to read David’s CUFI article, and to read the first 28 blog responses to his excellent article.!! Gen 12:3, 27:29 and Num 24:9 indeed!!

    Comment by John — January 19, 2011 @ 8:33 am

  30. I’m a bit upset by people vilifying the one person who pointed out the use of assassination, as a means to an end. While the Old Testament describes in detail God’s instructions to Israel concerning the extermination of its enemies, Jesus says no such thing. As Christians, are we under the Old Testament laws or the teachings of Christ? If we are bound still by the Law of Moses, then we should still be stoning people for adultery, right? “Vengeance is Mine” says the Lord. If you are so bent on the destruction of Israel’s enemies by doing the same things as the enemies, aren’t you in fact trying to stop the events spoken of in Revelations? I am all for stopping Iran’s nuclear program as much for the people of Iran (who have been victimized by their government) as the people of Israel.

    Comment by Pam — January 19, 2011 @ 8:40 am

  31. Yes, the God of Israel has just shown HIS might once again. iran is Modern time Babylon, but this time around they will not even sniff a singe of a single strand of hair from an Israeli,yet iran will be brought to its knees. I am sorry for the innocent iranians in the possible event of a nuclear disaster,however we the citizens benefit from good policies by our leaders as well as bad policies. That is why we should resist faceless people who wants to rule us.God bless you more ISRAEL.

    Comment by saaneye worladem — January 19, 2011 @ 9:27 am

  32. God is the beginning and the end no matter what any bodies opinion is, it is what his word says and we need to read carefully,anything and anybody that comes against his people will be destroyed irrespective of the manner.

    God states he will save 1/3 and destroy the 2/3 so lets focus and keep our eye on the ball and not make divisions at this end of the fence, so we could stand, and stand firmly and assist Isreal.

    Comment by Deon — January 19, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

  33. @ Jacqueline Lukose:
    The assassination was of an Iranian computer expert who was on the cusp of undoing and protecting against all the Stuxnet virus was accomplishing. While unsavory, it was indeed necessary to protect many, many more lives.

    Comment by Milwaukee Mike — January 19, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

  34. I thank all those who stand up for ISRAEL!!! But unfortunately comment
    #3 has said it best( its only a hinderance). If your going to kill a snake, you must cut it off at the head!! Shalom, Yomtov

    Comment by DJS — January 19, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

  35. yes but it only accompleces the delay of the fullfillment of BIBLE prophphesy we must remember that these things written are going to happen

    Comment by ken — January 19, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  36. we must be care ful about delaying BIBLE prophesy

    Comment by ken — January 19, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

  37. In regards to Mr. Frank Hunts comment:” I find it difficult to believe that the Obama/Clinton adm. helped Israel one bit.” Mr. Hunt, why wouldn’t we help Israel? They are our staunchest allies in the middle east or anywhere. Thank God that they are,especially that they are where they are surrounded by Islamic countries that hate America and all we stand for. Thank you Israel for being who and what you are!!!!! I am not Jewish,but I am a Christian and believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It’s time to stand up for Israel,not put Her down. Amen to the bug. God has given a reprieve for the time being. Let us find other ways to appease God to make this last forever.

    Comment by Mark A. Humberger — January 19, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

  38. The bible has the assassination of Ehue I believe. It was up close and personal, if I remember right the assassin was left handed. I remember the line, ‘and filth came out of his belly.’ and, ‘buried to the hilt.’

    Comment by Glenn L. — January 19, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  39. What great news! This makes my day. Praise the Lord!

    Comment by Dennis K. Miles — January 19, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  40. Excellant and informativie article. Same goes for the comments.

    Comment by Donnie — January 19, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

  41. Praise God for His faithfulness. Once again, this serves as a crucial reminder to those who have forgotten, that the God we serve will always protect His people. Let us not ease off in our prayers for this nation. Remember that we are in a spiritual war and this great achievement has just stirred the hornets nest.

    Comment by Ronnie Fynn — January 20, 2011 @ 12:55 am

  42. 35 & 36 are way off!
    Do you think that man can change the time line that the Almighty God of the universe has set?

    Comment by Joseph Kanable — January 20, 2011 @ 5:44 am

  43. Thank you Lord, for looking out for your people!!!!!
    Just one of us can put a thousand to fly, and two of us can send the ligions fleeing. It is many of us here exalting the name of the lord, in his name we declare our victory in spiritual war !!!!
    Our God is an awesome God.
    Lord help the Good Iranians do a regime change on that country; so that we can see the rightous not forsaken. Glory Glory to the most high God.
    The God of Abraham Issac and Jacob.

    Comment by Luis Hernandez — January 20, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  44. Great God of covenant has proved Himself again. To Him be all the glory. Greater things are on the way. Israel is blessed.

    Comment by Adeola — January 20, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  45. Praise God,hallelujah for He has done it again !!!!!!!. The sword of the wicked shall not rule in the land of the innocent. Can you imagine that?. Thank you Adonai and may your name be blessed .

    Comment by Larsbury — January 20, 2011 @ 11:01 am

  46. Praise the Lord!! I am so glad that Israel has such intelligent people and God on her side to counter such indsidious intentions. Best for Iran and others to know: Don’t mess with the Apple of God’s Eye!

    Comment by Kathryne Waller — January 20, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  47. My soul is at peace. Has God not said it, and will He not do it. Lets still keep to the prayers. Yahweh is for us!!!!

    Comment by Rhoda — January 21, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

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