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Lt. Col. (ret.) Dr. Raphael Ofek is an expert in the field of nuclear physics and technology, who served as a senior analyst in the Israeli intelligence community.

ARTICLES BY: Raphael Ofek

January 10, 2021 6:40 am

Whither the Iran Nuclear Deal?

In an interview with Reuters on December 17, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi expressed disapproved of President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to return to the JCPOA...

December 6, 2020 6:39 am

The Consequences of Fakhrizadeh’s Killing

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on November 27, 2020 caps off one of the Iranian regime’s most difficult years: On January 3, Qassem Soleimani was...

August 23, 2020 4:38 am

The Iranian Nuclear Program as a Catalyst for the Israel-UAE Peace Agreement

Following the Khomeini revolution in 1979, nuclear weapons development became Iran’s flagship project. This effort was initially intended to create a balance of terror vis-à-vis...

July 24, 2020 8:54 am

Was Iranian Uranium Enrichment Plant at Natanz Sabotaged?

Both Israel and the US have a clear interest in halting Iran’s dogged quest for a nuclear bomb, and both likely possess technological and intelligence...

July 7, 2020 6:09 am

The Mysterious Explosions at Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

Early in the morning of June 26, Tehran was rocked by a huge explosion at the Parchin military complex, 30 kilometers southeast of the Iranian...

June 25, 2020 5:08 am

Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program Continues Unabated

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General issued a report on June 5 that is worded to deflate Iran’s renunciation of its signing of the...

May 18, 2020 6:47 am

Iran’s Nuclear and Military Efforts Continue Amid Coronavirus

In July 2019, Iran began to explicitly violate the July 2015 nuclear agreement. The recent IAEA report (March 3, 2020) addressed the following breaches by...

January 14, 2020 10:18 am

What Will Soleimani’s Death Mean for Iran’s Nuclear Program?

In July 2019, Iran began to violate the nuclear deal in a number of ways in order to pressure the EU to neutralize the effect...

December 5, 2019 8:05 am

Will Iran Withdraw From the 2015 Nuclear Agreement?

No sooner had Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced, on November 5, Iran’s renewal of uranium enrichment than the IAEA reported that a cylinder containing some...

July 23, 2019 5:44 am

What the Smuggled Archive Tells Us About Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Project

On July 7, 2019, Iran announced that in light of Western countries’ reluctance to support it against newly imposed US sanctions, it will enrich uranium...

June 25, 2019 6:56 am

If Iran Breaks the Nuclear Deal, It Could Be Very Close to the Nuclear Threshold

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano confirmed on June 10 that Iran is realizing its threat to increase its rate of uranium enrichment, in direct defiance...

December 4, 2018 8:16 am

The IAEA Is Impotent on Iran

Notwithstanding the US withdrawal from the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, and the restoration of sanctions on Tehran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed...

June 13, 2018 7:25 am

Theater Of The Absurd: The Palestinian Authority Joins The Chemical Weapons Convention

The recent admittance of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) borders on the absurd. The PA has...

February 27, 2018 10:54 am

How Israel and America Worked Together During the Cold War

The intelligence cooperation between Washington and Jerusalem is one of the cornerstones of the strategic alliance between Israel and the US. Given the extensive US...


Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...


In First, Woman Elected to Head Israeli Religious Party - For the first time in Israel’s history, a woman was elected this week to head a religious party running for the Knesset, when Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Hagit Moshe...

Middle East

Saudi Foreign Minister ‘Optimistic’ on US Ties Under Biden, Cal...

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan, said Thursday that the country is "optimistic" about relations with the United States...

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