Israel training for strikes on Iran

Friday, June 22, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israel's air force is training for long-range strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, according to senior defense officials cited in a report by Ma'ariv.

The training, which has reportedly been going on for weeks, includes mid-air refueling, something Israeli pilots don't usually have to consider when going to battle against neighboring enemies.

Israel's intelligence community has determined that if and when Iran passes the “point of no return” in its nuclear arms program, a frantic region-wide nuclear arms race will ensue, which is a scenario Israel believes it must prevent at all costs.

Iran's interior minister announced on Friday that his nation currently has about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of enriched uranium, about one-fifth of what is needed to produce one atomic bomb. He went on to ridicule the international community over its surrender in the face of “Iranian unity.”

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