Israel has been reported to be seeking
the permission of the United States War Leaders to utilize Iraqi
airspace for their planned Air Force attack upon Iran’s nuclear
facilities, but which the Israeli government is denying.
Israel denies negotiating for US permission to fly over Iraq for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities
February 24, 2007, 9:00 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russian-made Tor M1 anti-aircraft missile test fired
Russian-made Tor M1 anti-aircraft missile test fired
Israeli Dep. Defense minister Moshe Sneh attributed the Daily Telegraph
report to sources “unwilling to accept responsibility for diplomatic
inaction on Iran’s weapons program. They are rolling it into Israel's
court," he said.
The British paper’s Tel Aviv correspondent
Con Coughlin quoted a senior Israeli defense official as saying that
negotiations are underway for the US-led coalition in Iraq to provide
an air corridor in the event of the Israeli government deciding on
unilateral military action to prevent Tehran developing nuclear
The reporter takes this as evidence that Israel’s
military establishment “is moving on to a war footing with preparations
now well under way for air strikes against Tehran if diplomatic efforts
fail to resolve the crisis.”
According to the Telegraph,
for surgical air strikes, Israeli war planes would need to fly across
Iraq. “If we don’t sort these issues out now we could have a situation
where American and Israeli war planes start shooting at each other,”
said the Israel defense official, who asked not to be named.
DEBKAfile’s sources suggest some of these frank revelations may have
been meant to mislead the opposition. A surgical strike by Israeli war
planes transiting Iraq is not the only plan up Israel’s sleeve for
taking out Iran’s nuclear installations.
The paper reports
that a special strategic committee has been set up to deal with the
Iran threat chaired by prime minister Ehud Olmert. On the military
side, Air Force commander Eliezer Shkedi is in charge of the Iran
Command. While “the urgency that is driving the Israeli government’s
activity” is demonstrated by the postponed retirement of Mossad head
Meir Dagan until the end of 2008.
Regarding the Arrow
anti-missile defense system, successfully test-fired this month, the
London paper quotes an Israeli military officer as explaining:” There
is no point in shooting down a nuclear missile once it’s over Israel –
the devastation would be just the same. The idea is to take it out long
before it hits Israel.”
But then widespread devastation would potentially be caused Iraq or Jordan.
The Israeli officer remarked: “No one has done much thinking about what
might happen if you exploded a nuclear weapon the upper atmosphere.”
(DEBKAfile: This statement is wide of the mark. For years, the armies of the worlds have been researching this question.)
The difficulties facing an Israeli attack, according to the Telegraph,
include the scattering of Iran’s nuclear resources around the country
and the interment of the Natanz uranium enrichment complex in
bomb-proof bunkers that would require “high-precision, bunker-busting
bombs to influence serious damage.”
Another is the recently
arrived Russian-made Tor M1 anti-aircraft missile, whose delivery
DEBKAfile revealed on November 25 2006 and whose ability to intercept
aircraft and missiles, including cruise missiles, was reported at the
Finally, the Telegraph’s Tel Aviv correspondent
discusses the controversy between Israel and Western powers over how
long before Iran produces enough fissile material for a nuclear
warhead. Israel’s estimate is two years hence in 2009, while the West
reckons on five or even 10 years.
The Israeli security
official told the London paper that Israeli hopes the problem can be
solved diplomatically, but added: “No one is going to take the Iranian
threat seriously until the State of Israel can demonstrate to the
outside world that we have the ability to deal with this menace on our
TOP ISRAELI OFFICIALS AGREE WITH CELENTE'S TRENDS JOURNAL®
KINGSTON, NY, 10 MAY 2012 — Trend forecaster Gerald Celente, writing in the Spring Trends Journal, was virtually alone in his assessment of an Israeli/United States military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities as an act of folly that would have catastrophic consequences.
Now, weeks after his warning – which noted the irrationality of Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak’s determination to strike Iran – his conclusions are being echoed by some of Israel’s most prominent public figures:
•Bombing Iran is “the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Anyone attacking Iran needs to understand that it could start a regional war which will include missile fire from Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon.” Former Mossad director Meir Dagan
•“They [the Netanyahu administration] talk too much, they talk too loud. They are creating an atmosphere and a momentum that may go out of their control. There is no reason at this time … to initiate an Israeli military strike.” Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
•Iranian leadership is composed of “very rational people” who will not decide to build nuclear weapons. General Benny Gantz, current Israeli Army Chief of Staff
•“I don’t believe in a leadership that makes decisions based on messianic feelings . . . one of the results of an Israeli attack on Iran could be a dramatic acceleration of the Iranian nuclear program.” Yuval Diskin, former chief of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency
Despite the public misgivings of these current and former highly placed Israeli authorities – who call into question the judgment, honesty, and even the sanity of Israeli leaders – the United States and its leaders remain united in their unwavering and unquestioning support.
Celente contends that should the US join Israel in an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, not only will it find itself embroiled in yet another losing war, but this time it will be a war without borders … World War III.
Moreover, he asks, “In light of the accusations and threats made by American leaders who ardently insist that ‘all options are on the table’ regarding bombing Iran, why are there no highly placed American authorities castigating America’s war hawks for being messianic, stupid and deranged?”
Trends in the Making? Can these ominous warnings by prominent Israelis lead to a shift in Israeli policy? If so, would it mitigate America’s otherwise unconditional support for Israel? Can anything impede the march to war with Iran, or is war inevitable? What role will the US Presidential elections play in this critical unfolding scenario?
Remember, for over three decades Celente and The Trends Journal have been ahead of the news and on top of the trends well before anyone else.
To schedule an interview with Gerald Celente for his forecasts, please contact Zeke West by phone at 845.331.3500, ext. 1, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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