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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 05:42 PM
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Israeli ex-general says attack on Iran's nuclear plants feasible
Nuclear facilities are military targets.
Some people seem unaware of this.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/215579,israeli-...

Israeli ex-general says attack on Iran's nuclear plants feasible
Posted : Sat, 28 Jun 2008 11:16:01 GMT
Author : DPA

Berlin - Israel is capable of a successful military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, a former air force general has said in an interview published Saturday by the German news magazine Der Spiegel. "We could do it today," Isaac Ben-Israel, currently a member of the Israeli parliament for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party, said.

Ben-Israel, who is reported to have helped plan the 1981 air raid on Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor, acknowledged that hitting Iran's scattered nuclear facilities would be more difficult.

But he said the only factor holding Israel back was the possibility of resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear activities by other means.

"Only once the critical point has been reached will we choose the final option," Ben-Israel told the weekly.

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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 05:46 PM
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1. Israel bombed Iraq's nuclear facilities before
but Dear right wing Israeli government, protect your nation by all means, but just don't pull us (the US) into any of your wars.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 05:56 PM
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3. That was back in 1981, defenses were far more primitive back then
<snip>
1981: Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor

The Israelis have bombed a French-built nuclear plant near Iraq's capital, Baghdad, saying they believed it was designed to make nuclear weapons to destroy Israel.

It is the world's first air strike against a nuclear plant.

An undisclosed number of F-15 interceptors and F-16 fighter bombers destroyed the Osirak reactor 18 miles south of Baghdad, on the orders of Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

The army command said all the Israeli planes returned safely.

The 70-megawatt uranium-powered reactor was near completion but had not been stocked with nuclear fuel so there was no danger of a leak, according to sources in the French atomic industry.
<MORE>

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/7...
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 05:49 PM
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2. Feasible for Israel only if U.S. goes in and clears the way, but what total insanity
...that would be
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 06:02 PM
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4. You mean like this? Seymour Hersh: Preparing The Battlefield
Preparing the Battlefield
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
by Seymour M. Hersh July 7, 2008
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-30-08 06:19 PM
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5. Right, Hersh points out the billions that Iran has spent for its defenses
...I fear that Bush authorized actual nuclear weapons for Israel to use in offensive attacks against Iran and Israel has those nuclear weapons in their possession now.

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Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 by Agence France Presse
Israel Has 150 or More Nuclear Weapons: Carter


Israel has 150 or more nuclear weapons, former US president Jimmy Carter said at a press conference over the weekend, a spokesman for the literary festival at which he was speaking confirmed.Asked how a future US president should deal with the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, the 83-year-old said: The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons, the Soviet Union (sic) has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more.

We have a phalanx of enormous weaponry, not only of enormous weaponry, but of rockets to deliver those missiles on a pinpoint accuracy target, he said at a press conference in Hay-on-Wye, in Wales, on Sunday, according to a spokesman for the Guardian Hay Festival.

Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East but has a policy of neither confirming nor denying its arsenal.

At the same press conference, Carter described Israels blockade of the Gaza Strip as one of the greatest human rights crimes now existing on Earth and the Nobel Peace Prize winner also said the European Unions failure to support the Palestinian cause was embarrassing.

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/27/9229/
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