By Sandra Yosepha Levin for Reaching out from Jerusalem

This is an updated version of: Israel can only Depend on the Creator of the Universe against Nuclear Iran

John Bolton said Israel had to Act to Stop a Nuclear Iran before August 21, 2010

John Bolton, the former Bush administration ambassador to the UN, told Newsmax that Israel had only until August 21, 2010, to stop Iran’s path to the bomb before Russia, under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, would begin loading nuclear fuel rods into the Iranian reactor at Bushehr. Bolton also warned that if the reactor became operational, it would only be a matter of time until it would produce enough plutonium to make a nuclear weapon of mass destruction. The article also says that Iran agreed in writing to send the spent fuel rods back to Russia, so that Iran would not be able to extract plutonium from them.

Bolton claimed that after this date of August 21, 2010, the reactor would become “immune from attack by Israel,” since any attack that would occur after the rods were loaded into the reactor could have disastrous environmental consequences like radiation leaking into the air and contaminating the waters of the Persian Gulf. Bushehr is situated in southern Iran and is very close to the Gulf.

Israel’s Previous Strikes against Iraqi and Syrian Reactors were before they became Nuclear

Mr. Bolton claimed that Israel’s prior strikes in 1981 on the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, under the administration of Menachem Begin, as well as the 2007 attack on the Syrian nuclear reactor near Deir ez-Zor when Ehud Olmert was prime minister, took place before the reactors became nuclear.

Israel Chose to Accept Sanctions Instead of a Strike on Reactor at Bushehr

However, Israel, when Benjamin Netanyahu was the prime minister, did not choose to make a strike on the reactor at Bushehr before August 21, 2010, as advised by John Bolton. According to Fox News, Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States told them that Israel was committed to the sanctions passed by the United States, the United Nations and the European Union and was hoping that these sanctions would influence Iran’s behavior.

However, John Bolton warned:

“What this does is give Iran a second route to nuclear weapons in addition to enriched uranium,” Bolton said. “It’s a very, very huge victory for Iran.”

Fox News December 23, 2015

Events that Delayed Iran’s Road to a Nuclear Bomb

Over the years there have been events such as accidents, fires, explosions, cyber-attacks (Stuxnet) on Iranian nuclear sites, as well as assassinations. However, these only led to delays in the obsessive Iranian road to a nuclear bomb of mass destruction.

Iran now Has Enough Enriched Uranium to Make a Nuclear Weapon

David Albright, the founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) and a former UN inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Iran International June 2, 2022, that Iran now has enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon. However, he said he did not know how long it would take for Iran to make a nuclear weapon. He said a crude nuclear weapon could be made in less than six months. However, making a warhead for a ballistic missile to carry a nuclear weapon could take a year or two.

The Creator of the Universe can Stop Iran with Natural Disasters

Iran Is Earthquake Prone

The only other real hope Israel has, if they are unable to launch an attack on Iranian nuclear sites, is that our great G-D, who is the Creator of the universe, will do something to stop Iran by some kind of natural disaster. Iran is one of the most earthquake prone countries on the face of the earth. Iran could experience massive earthquakes and tsunamis that could destroy their reactors. Ironically, Japan had promised to build earthquake proof nuclear reactors in Iran (Teheran Times July 2, 2010;, but in March, 2011, Japan was struck with a massive earthquake and tsunami that crippled its own nuclear reactor at Fukashima. Today, Japan is still battling to save its crippled reactor and it will take 30-40 years or more to fix all the damage. So far Japan has not built the promised nuclear reactors in Iran. Iran has mainly relied on the Russians to help them along their path to a nuclear Iran.

Iran has a Volcano that may Erupt Soon on Mount Damavand

Iran also has a volcano that could erupt in a powerful explosion that could have widespread devastating consequences. The cone shaped Mount Damavand is located in the central Alborz mountain range and is the highest mountain in Iran at 5,609.2 meters (18,403 feet). Mt. Damavand is also the highest mountain in the Middle East and in Asia. Mount Damavand is 41 miles northeast of Teheran. Even though it has not erupted in about 7300 years, it is not dormant, as steamy gasses pour out of vents in its crater and there are also hot springs in the area.

Ice Cap on top of Mount Damavand Melted

On September 10, 2018, Kayhan Life reported that a scientist, Mohammad Javad Bolourchi, a senior consultant to the Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration of Iran (GSI), said that Mount Damavand was likely to soon erupt, since the ice cap on top of the mountain had melted causing flash flooding. He said an eruption at Mount Damavand could potentially cause more damage than the eruption of Mount St. Helena in Washington in 1980. He emphasized that an eruption of Mount Damavand threatens the northern and northeastern provinces of Teheran, Semnan, Mazandaran, Golestan, and Alborz. In other words, a massive eruption of Mount Damavand could cause extensive destruction over a widespread area.

Earthquake in Damavand Caused Widespread Panic to Residents of Teheran

An article to the Teheran Times, July 5, 2021, by Professor Mehdi Zare, claims that while the last eruption of Mount Damavand was 7,300 years ago, there was magmatic activity two to three thousand years ago at Mount Damavand and thus there is a possibility of an explosion or eruption there.

Professor Mehdi also reported that a 5.1 earthquake on the Mosha fault in Damavand May 8, 2020 at midnight caused widespread panic to people living in Tehran and parts of Mazandaran and Semnan. He added that the eastern part of the Mosha fault is where highest seismicity has been recorded over the last 10 years and there is an interactive relationship between the eastern part of the Mosha fault and activities inside the Damavand magmatic chamber.

An Eruption of Damavand could Spread Volcanic Dust and Ash to Teheran, Baladeh, Aborz and Damghan

Last, but not least, Professor Mehdi said that a future eruption of Mount Damavand could spread volcanic ash and dust to Teheran, to Baladeh in the Noor Valley to Central Aborz and even to Damghan depending on the force of the eruption. Volcanic ash can be deadly as evidenced in the destruction of Pompeii.

The Destruction of Pompeii by Volcanic Ash

Jews believed that the destruction of Pompeii by volcanic ash in 79 CE was a punishment by G-D on the Romans for destroying the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Pompeii was a Roman city not far from today’s Naples in Italy and may have been named for the Roman general, Gnaeus Pompeiius Magnus known as Pompey the Great.

Pompey the Great was the First Roman General to Lay Siege to Jerusalem

The city of Pompeii was close to an active volcano on Mount Vesuvius. In the year 79 CE there was a massive catastrophic eruption of the Vesuvius volcano. In fact, the eruption buried the city of Pompeii so suddenly under 4 to 6 meters of volcanic ash that many people were fossilized. Jews believed that this was a punishment sent by G-D on the Romans for destroying the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. While the temple was destroyed in 70 CE under Titus, Pompey the Great had been the first Roman general to lay siege to Jerusalem. A dispute that led to a civil war had broken out between two Jewish brothers, Aristobolus II and Hyrcanus II over which one would be the High Priest and ruler. Both of them appealed to the Romans to help them. This was the pretext for Pompey to lay siege to Jerusalem in 63 BCE.

Pompey Invaded the Temple and Entered the Holy of Holies which was Forbidden

During Passover, Pompey invaded the Temple after about 12,000 Jews had been killed while trying to defend it. Pompey entered the Holy of Holies in the Temple expecting to find a great sum of wealth there. He was shocked to find it empty and could not imagine why so many Jews had been willing to die to defend it. The Holy of Holies was a place in the Temple for the Divine Presence and no man was allowed to enter it except for the high priest once a year on Yom Kippur. Pompey then appointed Hyrcanus II to be the high priest and the Temple was restored. However, from that time the Jewish nation lost more and more of their freedom to Rome.

Underground Centrifuge Enrichment Plants at Natanz and Fordow

Centrifuges Enrich Uranium for use in Nuclear Reactors or Weapons

Centrifuges are used to make uranium in a suitable form to be used in a nuclear reactor or for a weapon. However, each centrifuge can only make a small amount of enriched uranium, so many centrifuges are needed. In fact, many more are needed to make a nuclear bomb than are needed to fuel a reactor. Thus, the larger the facility that can house centrifuges, the greater is the chance for a country to develop a nuclear weapon of mass destruction.

Natanz Underground Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP)

Iran built a huge underground centrifuge enrichment plant under the high Kuh-e Kolang Gaz La Mountain at Natanz. This site is believed to be safe from any kind of aerial attack or bombardment. This Kuh-e Kolang Gaz La mountain at Natanz was also formed in ancient times by volcanic eruptions.

Iran has Vastly Increased Advanced Centrifuge Deployment at Natanz

The Institute for Science and International Security reported on October 25, 2022 that Iran has vastly increased advanced centrifuge deployment at the Natanz underground fuel enrichment plant.


Iran also has a smaller enrichment plant at Fordow, which was built underground from the side of the Kuh-e Dagh Ghu’I Mountain near the city of Qom, but this is not as deep or as large as the one that was developed at Natanz.


It is truly mind boggling why Iran would want to build any kind of nuclear reactor or enrichment plant because of the high risk of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The worst nuclear accident in history at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 26, 1986 in Ukraine, as well as what happened at Fukashima 2011 in Japan should be a warning to them. Apparently, their hatred for Israel is greater than their own need for self-preservation.

We should all pray that sense will reign and peace will come. However, history has shown us that we should take seriously any threats made against the existence of Israel and the Jewish people. Also, for those who are consumed with such ferocious hatred, history has shown that diplomacy does not succeed. Diplomacy under Chamberlain could not stop Nazi Germany from invading Poland in 1939 and the Hitler Stalin pact did not deter Hitler from invading Russia in 1941. Thus, it is not likely that any kind of a nuclear deal will succeed in stopping Iran’s obsessive drive to developing nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

In truth Israel can depend on no one but the LORD our G-D the Creator of the universe to save us:

The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice.
Clouds and fog surround Him; Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His throne.
Fire goes before Him surrounding and burning up His enemies.
His lightening illuminates the earth as it sees and trembles.
Mountains melt like wax before G-D, before the LORD of all the earth.

Psalm 97:1-5