Israel’s Mossad Behind Allegations Iran Sabotaged Oil Tankers

Israel describes incident as 'pretty impressive commando operation'

Claims of sabotage against a handful of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and subsequent claims from US hawks that Iran was behind it, originated with the Israeli Mossad, and the US is planning to take Israeli allegations to the UN Security Council.

Mossad said that Israel had managed the attacks without injuring anyone on board any of the ships, calling it a “pretty impressive commando operation.” This does stand in contrast to some US officials claiming it was Iranian sea mines behind the attacks, claims for which no good evidence exists.

This isn’t the first Israeli involvement in the ever-escalating narrative that threatens to march the US into war with Iran. Indeed, the original claims Iran was going to attack US forces in the region, potentially in Iraq, were themselves originally created by Mossad.

Mossad had conceded at the time that they didn’t know what Iran was planning, but came up with several possible scenarios. US hawks went from there, and it’s been a non-stop military buildup since then.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of