If diplomatic efforts fail to halt Iran's nuclear program, Israel will attack the Islamic Republic, but not by air, as most expect, according to a report in a French magazine this week.
Le Canard Enchaine reported that Israel is preparing to launch ground operations against Iran's nuclear facilities, probably sometime early next year.
As evidence, the magazine pointed out that Israel recently purchased a large quantity of high-quality combat rations from a French provider and ordered that Israelis who serve in elite commando units return from vacations and from living abroad.
The report also claimed that during his recent visit to France, Israeli army chief Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi confirmed that Israel is not planning to bomb Iran, but suggested pinpoint ground incursions were a possibility.
Those incursions would presumably be aimed at sabotaging Iranian nuclear facilities.