The Middle East Newsline has confirmed that the Netherlands has been working with the United States to gather intelligence on Iran’s military programs.

A Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, had reported the Netherlands has identified a range of military and industrial targets for a U.S. attack on Iran. De Telegraaf said the Dutch AIVD intelligence agency withdrew a leading agent from Iran amid an assessment that the United States would conduct a major air strike over the next few weeks.

“The United States was thought to be making a decision within weeks to attack Iran with unmanned aircraft,” the newspaper said. Western intelligence sources said the report appeared to be part of a psychological campaign against Iran. But the sources said the CIA has been working with several NATO and other intelligence agencies in an effort to determine Iranian nuclear and strategic targets.

De Telegraaf said AIVD infiltrated Iran’s defense industry and hampered development projects. The newspaper said the Dutch agency shared data on Iranian programs with the CIA.

“The operation, described as extremely successful, was halted recently in connection with plans for an impending U.S. air attack on Iran,” De Telegraaf said. “Targets connected to the Dutch espionage operation would also be bombed. Information from the AIVD operation has in recent years been shared with the CIA.”

The report was published amid renewed Iranian threats to retaliate against any Israeli or U.S. strike. In late August, Iranian Deputy Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Masaoud Jazayeri warned that any attack on Iran would trigger what he termed World War III.

“The exorbitant demands of U.S. leaders and world Zionism, which have created the current situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Caucasus, are gradually directing the world to the brink,” Gen. Jazayeri said.

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

©The Bulletin 2008

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.