Sunday, February 14, 2010

Israel General Expresses Doubt They Could Strike Iran's Nuclear Strike

An Israeli General has expresses doubt that Israel is capable of hitting the Iranian nuclear facilities in a preemptive strike. I do not buy that. Israel has shown that the range is not an issue with the strike mission against Sudan. Other reports indicate that Israel has already managed to defeat the advanced radar system slotted to guard Iran's facilities. I will buy that they do not want to be forced to strike given the fear of terrorist reprisals, but not that they can not. Why make the statement then? The only thing that comes to mind is to try to put more pressure on the rest of the world. The thought there being that other countries are largely apathetic believing Israel will step in before it is to late. If Israel takes themselves out of the picture then they can no longer use that excuse. This assumes that other countries will believe the statement, which I doubt.

"Israel may lack the military means for successful preemptive strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities, its former top general said on Saturday.

While endorsing international efforts to pressure Tehran into curbing sensitive nuclear technologies, Israel has hinted it could resort to force. But some analysts say Israeli jets would be stymied by the distance to Iran and by its defences. Asked in a television interview about Israeli leaders' vows to "take care" of the perceived threat, ex-general Dan Halutz, who stepped down as armed forces chief in 2007, said: "We are taking upon ourselves a task that is bigger than us."

"I think that the State of Israel should not take it upon itself to be the flag-bearer of the entire Western world in the face of the Iranian threat," Halutz, whose previous military post was as air force commander, told Channel Two.

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