The British newspaper The Sunday Times of London has revealed Sunday that the Israeli Air Force has been planning an attack on an Iranian nuclear plant, using low grade, tactical nuclear weapons to demolish Iran’s uranium enrichment facility and thus remove the immediate threat posed to Israel from the East.
According to the Times report, two IAF fighter squadrons are training to use conventional laser-guided missiles to puncture a hole in the 70ft. wall of the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, to be followed immediately by small scale nuclear missiles which will blow it up, together with the entire underground complex located beneath the surface.
The report is quoting unnamed Israeli military sources who said that “as soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished.”
The Times also reported that the two IAF squadrons, one from Hatzerim in the Negev and another from Tel-Nof south of Tel Aviv, have been flying training missions from Israel to Gibraltar south of Spain in order to prepare the pilots and the aircraft for the 2,000 mile round trip flight to Iran and back. The report also mentioned possible flight routes, including one which will take the pilots over Turkey.
Even though Israel has proven it has both the fortitude and ability to travel far distances to protect Israel from nuclear threats by destroying the nuclear facility in Iraq in 1981, there are those who are convinced that Israel can and should strike again, this time against Iran’s nuclear facilities and halt their nuclear ambitions.
The question now remains if Israel will actually go ahead with this plan, mainly because it will need approval from the United States, likely not to be given at all. Another consideration could be the international repercussions of such an attack, including a terror blitz against Israeli and Jewish targets worldwide, a missile attack on Israel from Iran, and an all out war between Islam and the West, which will include moderate nations who currently support the US, but whose support the US could lose after such an attack.
Iranian nuclear chief Ali Larijani, who visited China this weekend, said that Iran is still committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Larijani said, however, that although Iran’s nuclear program is meant only for peaceful purposes, if Iran is threatened by any type of military action, “that situation might change,” alluding to the fact that there are indeed intentions to build nuclear weapons.