The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on
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
Officials believe that
The distance from
The possible Israeli strike on
"We would not make the threat [against
He added that it was unlikely that
An Israeli attack on
Ephraim Kam, the deputy director of the Institute for National Security Studies, said it was unlikely that the Americans would approve an attack.
"The American defense establishment is unsure that the operation will be successful. And the results of the operation would only delay
A visit by President Obama to Israel in June is expected to coincide with the national elections in Iran - timing that would allow the US Administration to re-evaluate diplomatic resolutions with Iran before hearing the Israeli position.
"Many of the leaks or statements made by Israeli leaders and military commanders are meant for deterrence. The message is that if [the international community] is unable to solve the problem they need to take into account that we will solve it our way," Mr Kam said.
Among recent preparations by the air force was the Israeli attack of a weapons convoy in
Ronen Bergman, the author of The Secret War with
Colonel Hilik Sofer told Ha'aretz, a daily Israeli newspaper, that the drill would "train for a reality in which during war missiles can fall on any part of the country without warning ... We want the citizens to understand that war can happen tomorrow morning".
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