Saturday, April 18, 2009
In March, newly elected Israeli prime minister and Likud radical, Benjamin Netanyahu, gave U.S. President Barack Obama an ultimatum: stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons immediately or, Israel will do it.
Apparently, Mr. Obama didn’t receive the memo informing him Netanyahu is in-charge of American foreign policy.
Now comes word that the Israeli military is preparing to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its Likud government.
Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces for what would be a risky raid requiring pinpoint aerial strikes are the acquisition of three Airborne Warning and Control (AWAC) aircraft and regional missions to simulate the attack.
Two nationwide civil defense drills will help to prepare the public for the retaliation that Israel could face from Iran.
An Israeli attack on Iran would entail flying over Jordanian and Iraqi airspace, where US forces have a strong presence.Ephraim Kam, the deputy director of the Institute for National Security Studies, said it is unlikely the Americans would approve an attack.
A visit by President Obama to Israel in June is expected to coincide with the national elections in Iran. The timing that would allow the US administration to reevaluate diplomatic resolutions with Iran before hearing the Israeli position.