Skip to comments.Israel readies forces for strike on nuclear Iran
Posted on 12/10/2005 6:48:44 PM PST by rhainw
ISRAELS armed forces have been ordered by Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran, military sources have revealed. The order came after Israeli intelligence warned the government that Iran was operating enrichment facilities, believed to be small and concealed in civilian locations.
Irans stand-off with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over nuclear inspections and aggressive rhetoric from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, who said last week that Israel should be moved to Europe, are causing mounting concern.
The crisis is set to come to a head in early March, when Mohamed El-Baradei, the head of the IAEA, will present his next report on Iran. El-Baradei, who received the Nobel peace prize yesterday, warned that the world was losing patience with Iran.
A senior White House source said the threat of a nuclear Iran was moving to the top of the international agenda and the issue now was: What next? That question would have to be answered in the next few months, he said.
Defence sources in Israel believe the end of March to be the point of no return after which Iran will have the technical expertise to enrich uranium in sufficient quantities to build a nuclear warhead in two to four years.
Israel and not only Israel cannot accept a nuclear Iran, Sharon warned recently. We have the ability to deal with this and were making all the necessary preparations to be ready for such a situation.
The order to prepare for a possible attack went through the Israeli defence ministry to the chief of staff. Sources inside special forces command confirmed that G readiness the highest stage for an operation was announced last week.
Gholamreza Aghazadeah, head of the Atomic Organisation of Iran, warned yesterday that his country would produce nuclear fuel. There is no doubt that we have to carry out uranium enrichment, he said.
He promised it would not be done during forthcoming talks with European negotiators. But although Iran insists it wants only nuclear energy, Israeli intelligence has concluded it is deceiving the world and has no intention of giving up what it believes is its right to develop nuclear weapons.
A massive Israeli intelligence operation has been underway since Iran was designated the top priority for 2005, according to security sources.
Cross-border operations and signal intelligence from a base established by the Israelis in northern Iraq are said to have identified a number of Iranian uranium enrichment sites unknown to the the IAEA.
Since Israel destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, it has been understood that the lesson is, dont have one site, have 50 sites, a White House source said.
If a military operation is approved, Israel will use air and ground forces against several nuclear targets in the hope of stalling Tehrans nuclear programme for years, according to Israeli military sources.
It is believed Israel would call on its top special forces brigade, Unit 262 the equivalent of the SAS and the F-15I strategic 69 Squadron, which can strike Iran and return to Israel without refuelling.
Why doesn't Sharon tell everyone the time and day too..sheese... Psst, Sharon your not to tell the enemy your plans, ok?
The day this happens...Men will be walking, running, flying, and crawling....where Angels fear to tread.
I expect the strike at the end of this month or Janurary
1) Israel will strike before then;
2) the USA will strike before then; or
3) the people of Iran will rise up and overthrow the tyranny of the mullahs (my personal favorite choice)
Leaving it until March may be too late. . .
Maybe he's hoping to scare Iran into doing something that will give away where the "good stuff" is. :)
Good. Let's get it over with. Like Nixon said, "prick the boil and take the heat."
Do you work for Debka?
Regional War.... along with Egypt, Suadi Arabia.... Kurdistan/Turkey..... India/Pakistan?
Is there a place where we can bet on where and when a war will happen?
I don't believe the people or the Iranian Resistance is armed....truth is...... I really don't want to know....
Loose lips and such.
im wiling to bet US forces would be used in a passive role in such a strike, air cover, jamming, refueling, surveilance.
IIRC, an old Chinese curse, that.
No, I just think that if that wild-eyed Iranian nut bag saying Europe should take the Jewish, then he is itching for the war now. Not March.
I share your fears. If this happens, it will have far reaching consequences. With that being said, we cant wait any longer. God Bless America.
I don't think Iran will have nukes at least for another 6 months.
4) Guess who'll foot the bill...
"the F-15I strategic 69 Squadron, which can strike Iran and return to Israel without refuelling."
So much for all the posts, I've been reading saying that Israel would have to refuel.
I don't want to work.
I just want to bang on the drum all day.
Uh, this is not rocket science, This is poker.
And why are they reporting this?
"3) the people of Iran will rise up and overthrow the tyranny of the mullahs (my personal favorite choice) "
My favorite choice to, but it won't happen unless the US moves out of its famous "ostrich" defense posture and provides these people with some weapons and military leadership in the form of a small number of the appropriate special forces.
"im wiling to bet US forces would be used in a passive role in such a strike, air cover, jamming, refueling, surveilance."
not willing to bet, but I agree it is a real possibility. sure hope so.
Despite the Iranian President's evil insane rhetoric to the contrary, it is hard for me to imagine that they would be so insane as to actually launch a nuclear attack against Israel. To do so would mean near instant national extinction. Unless we believe that it's religious extremism would take them so far, it seems an irrational act to me.
Giving the weapons to a terrorist is more possible, I suppose. But if a bomb goes off in Israel, it won't take much deduction to narrow it down to two suspects - Al Qaeda or Iran. So Iran wouldn't be safe even then.
It'll be WWIII, I doubt have any doubt in my mind.
this one is being held close to the vest ...IMO
and I do not know whether or not anything is up.
Well, lets just hope Sharon doesn't show his hand, and that he has all aces.
Does it really take that long to build one nuclear weapon?
Many years ago my Father had always said that someday a "Kook" would start a Nuclear War, and imo if it ever does happen, the Terrorist Iranian President is the "Kook".
"It'll be WWIII, I doubt have any doubt in my mind."
Woahh! How is that going to happen? You think Russia and or China will jump in on Iran's side? What are you talking about?
Let the games begin.
" Does it really take that long to build one nuclear weapon?"
The first one could take that long if you don't know how to do it.
The idea that the west would leave it's dirty laundry to Israel, is disgusting to say the least.
Well Jimmy Carter, almost thirty years later and your magic is still bearing fruit, you disgusting POS.
what gave him away...is when he mentioned wiping Israel from the face of the earth.....those word certainly caused
Israel's attention to perk / peak.
Is Sharon's nom de plume Uzi Mahnaimi or Sarah Baxter?
I hope this is true. I also hope the U.S., not Israel, will take the lead in any attack. And I hope it includes the decapitation of the Iranian dictatorship.
Hopefully it doesn't turn out to be rocket science.
The Sunday Times, the working Israeli earphone of truth. /sarc
We're already fighting WWIV.
The statements are intended as a final effort to make Iran turn back from its present inclinations and to prepare world public opinion for an attack if that is necessary. Contrary to the fluff in the article, the IDF is ready at any given moment to make an attack, in the past, at present, in the future. And the Arabs know this very well.
A peace prize wielding El-Baradei is no threat to Iran. At least Israel has the onions to let Iran know that they are not placing all their eggs in the UN basket.
May I live in << Interesting times >> so my sons may know only peace!
Blessings - Brian
Shaking the tree to see what kind of nuts fall out.
There should be -- probably already IS -- a law that would shut down immediately news organizations that threaten military operations.
uh oh, too late....we are all playing rocket science...now!
Anyone have a big BIG lighter?
To see where the defensive measures are being beefed up. It will give Isreal intellegence via satellite, on where activity increases; targets.
Isreal will be fed satellite data from 'guess who'. And just for good measures, 'guess who' will supply some intelligent bombs and missles...
Of course Israel will act and rightly so.
Getting rid of Israel is an objective of Iran's.