Israel Denies Reports Of Plans For Iran Nuke Attack | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 11.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.21.14 **
** Airborne 11.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.19.14 **
** Airborne 11.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.17.14 **

Tue, Jan 09, 2007

Israel Denies Reports Of Plans For Iran Nuke Attack

But Conventional Strike Still A Possibility

Officials in Israel angrily denied a recent report in a British newspaper, claiming the Mideast nation is planning a preemptive nuclear strike against Iran.

The Daily Telegraph reported Monday that sources within the Israeli prime ministers office and foreign and defense ministries, as well as a retired intelligence expert flatly denied the report that appeared in Sunday's London Times. The paper reported Israeli officials were planning the nuclear attack to stop the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Israel has stated before it's unlikely to ever use nuclear weapons preemptively against Iran, although it has left the possibility of a conventional strike on the table.

A preemptive nuclear strike would be a first for Israel -- but such an attack using conventional weapons is not. Israel employed such an attack in 1981 to destroy a nuclear reactor in Iraq, in a mission dubbed Operation Opera. Bombs dropped from eight F-16s knocked the reactor out -- and is widely believed to have thrown a wrench in then-Dictator Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions.

Experts say a similar attack on Iran would be more complicated, however. Unlike the attack on Iraq -- which had most of Saddam's nuclear technology located within one facility -- Iran has spread its nuclear program out over at least a dozen sites.

Military planners in Israel say a successful raid on one key target, however, would delay Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons -- and possibly bring Iran to the bargaining table.

And, with the continued hostility from the regime in Tehran... it's an option Israel is seriously considering.

"I do not advocate a military, Israeli preemptive strike against Iran. I am aware of all its possible repercussions," said Israeli deputy defense minister Ephraim Sneh last year. "I consider it very much the last resort but sometimes the last resort is the only resort."

Israeli intelligence reports state Iran is expected to be a nuclear power no earlier than 2010. Iran's nuclear program has run into problems enriching uranium.

FMI: www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/israel/index.html

Advertisement

More News

Barnstorming: FAA -- The Original EPA

The Governmental Death By 1000 Cuts, Continues... Guest Editorial by Rich Davidson, Grass Cutting Administrator At Lee Bottom Flying Field/API Advisory Board Did you feel that Aero>[...]

Financier Says Heathrow Expansion Easier To Fund Than Gatwick

Ian Hannam Backs Heathrow Hub U.K. financier Ian Hannam, one of the backers of Heathrow Hub, has said that Gatwick would find it much more difficult to fund expansion than either o>[...]

AD: Boeing Company

AD NUMBER: 2014-23-04 PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200LR, -300, -300ER, and 777F series airplanes.>[...]

AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-23-06 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.21.14)

Alaska Airman's Association The Alaska Airmen's Association is the largest state general aviation group in Alaska. It is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose sole purpose is t>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC