Israel's other 'nuclear' option

Monday, September 24, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

Israel has more than just the obvious options when it comes to dealing with Iran's defiant nuclear program, including the use of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) technology that would disable the Islamic Republic as a viable threat, while keeping casualties to a minimum.

London's Sunday Times reported earlier this month that the possibility of Israel using electromagnetic bombs was raised during a recent meeting between Western officials.

An American official cited by the newspaper said such a bomb would be detonated above the ground sending out a strong pulse that would "disrupt all the technological devices working on the ground," effectively sending Iran "back to the stone ages."

The pulse from an electromagnetic bomb is non-lethal to humans.

In related news, Iranian officials this week suggested that if they become convinced Israel is about to strike, they might launch their own pre-emptive attack on the Jewish state. Israeli commentators noted that the threat was little more than hot air, considering that an Iranian pre-emptive attack would almost certainly prompt a response from the massive American forces parked in the Persian Gulf.

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