Israel's assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists is intended to provoke a belligerent response that would cause the US to make war on Iran, as pointed out by a segment in mainstream Chris Matthews' "Hardball" TV program--especially comments of former CIA officer Robert Baer. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#45978020 There seems to be little doubt, according to Baer, that these assassinations have been an Israeli operation, but the weakening effect on Iran's nuclear program is far less significant than the fact that this could easily provoke Iranian retaliation and achieve the desired US/Iranian war. (I would add that if Iran refuses to respond in a belligerent fashion, there is also the possibility of an Israeli false flag attack against US citizens which could be blamed on Iran.) Matthews should be given credit for allowing mention of the effort of Israel to manipulate the US into a Middle East war, which is a mainstream taboo. Of course, Israel has been pushing for war with Iran for over a decade; and the Israel lobby in the US has been making the effort to have US Middle East policy coincide with Israeli interests.