The U.S. and Israel are preparing to come together—once again—to practice attacking Iranian targets in the next few months that will simulate responding to a multi-front missile attack from Iran and separate attacks on nuclear facilities, according to a report.
AntiWar.com, citing an Israeli report, said the U.S. and Israel did not publicly confirm the exercises that are expected to look like previous military drills. (See “ISRAEL HOLDS MILITARY EXERCISE TO STRIKE IRAN” 24 May 2022, “ISRAEL RAMPS UP ATTACK PLAN ON IRAN” 22 Jun 2021, and “ISRAEL AND U.S. RAMP UP MILITARY DRILLS WITH EYES ON IRAN” 6 Dec 2022.)
Israel has long said that it will not allow Iran to develop weapons-grade uranium and would conduct an all-out war to prevent what it sees as an existential threat.
David Barnea, the head of Israel’s Mossad, said in a speech Sunday that there is concern in Tel Aviv that Russia could eventually provide Iran with advanced weapons in return for kamikaze drones used by Russian forces in Ukraine.
“Our fear is that the Russians will transfer to the Iranians in return what they lack, advanced weapons that will certainly endanger our peace, and maybe even our existence here,” he said, according to The Times of Israel.
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has said it does not know how close Israel is to attacking Iran. The Intercept, citing top-secret, leaked documents on Discord, said, the CIA speculated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “probably calculates Israel will need to strike Iran to deter its nuclear program and faces a declining military capability to set back Iran’s enrichment program.”
Last May 2022, Israel conducted a three-week exercise over the Mediterranean called “Chariots of Fire.”
Reports have indicated that an Israeli strike on an Iranian nuclear facility would likely involve a specialized F-35 that can carry the munitions needed to penetrate these facilities.
The fifth-generation fighter has the ability to carry the GBU-57 bomb, which can plow through at least 200 feet of earth before detonating, the AP reported, citing the U.S. military.
TRENDPOST: In 2013, Netanyahu appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama to order a strike on installations in Iran.
While the media continues to report on Israel’s determination to stop Iran from going nuclear, rarely is it noted that according to the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Israel possesses at minimum some 90 plutonium-based nuclear warheads and has produced enough plutonium for 100-200 weapons.
Thus, it is OK for Israel and other nations to have nuclear weapons but not Iran… or, for that matter, North Korea. Only nations sanctified by a higher political order are permitted to have nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction. And, as evidenced with Iraq, whether they possess them or not, the very thought of it is enough to invade and destroy an “enemy” nation.
Barnea said Sunday that Israel and allies had foiled 27 attacks over the past year in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America, the Associated Press reported.
“The plots being pursued by these teams were orchestrated, masterminded, and directed by Iran,” he said.
He warned, “Make no mistake, those of you who decided to dispatch the teams. Be assured that we will get to you, and justice will be done for all to see. This has been proven in the past, and in the future, we will ramp it up to the next level.”