Israel Plans Strike on Iranian Nuclear Plant
Revealed: Israel plans strike on Iranian nuclear plant (Times of London)
ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans for a combined air and ground attack on targets in Iran if diplomacy fails to halt the Iranian nuclear programme. The inner cabinet of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, gave Ã¢€œinitial authorisationÃ¢€ for an attack at a private meeting last month on his ranch in the Negev desert.
Israeli forces have used a mock-up of IranÃ¢€™s Natanz uranium enrichment plant in the desert to practise destroying it. Their tactics include raids by IsraelÃ¢€™s elite Shaldag (Kingfisher) commando unit and airstrikes by F-15 jets from 69 Squadron, using bunker-busting bombs to penetrate underground facilities.
The plans have been discussed with American officials who are said to have indicated provisionally that they would not stand in IsraelÃ¢€™s way if all international efforts to halt Iranian nuclear projects failed.
Lovely of the Times to reveal these plans, if true. Of course, this could also be a coordinated leak designed to lend urgency to a diplomatic settlement.