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SCARY REPORT : London Times: Israel Plans to Nuke Iran

  /Unlike most of the weak sourced reports that are circulating on
   this subject, this one has more of a ring of truth to it.  But,
   again,  this may have been planted to wake up the Iranians to the
   real risks...   BUT as PLAN.. it has a clear tone of military
   preparations ... IF ASKED to do the attack by the pol leaders..   /

   The Sunday Times (UK)     January 07, 2007

   *Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran*
   Uzi Mahnaimi, New York and Sarah Baxter, Washington

   ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment
   facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.  this is probably true..

   Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian
   using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters", according to several Israeli
   military sources.

   The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the
   United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The
   weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the

   Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open
   "tunnels" into
   the targets. "Mini-nukes" would then immediately be fired into a
   plant at
   Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive

   "As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one
   strike and
   the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished," said one of the

   The plans, disclosed to The Sunday Times last week, have been
   prompted in
   part by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad's assessment that
   Iran is on
   the verge of producing enough enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons
   within two years.

   Israeli military commanders believe conventional strikes may no
   longer be
   enough to annihilate increasingly well-defended enrichment facilities.
   Several have been built beneath at least 70ft of concrete and rock.
   the nuclear-tipped bunker-busters would be used only if a conventional
   attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene,
   sources said.

   Israeli and American officials have met several times to consider
   action. Military analysts said the disclosure of the plans could be
   to put pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment, cajole America into
   action or
   soften up world opinion in advance of an Israeli attack.

   Some analysts warned that Iranian retaliation for such a strike
   could range
   from disruption of oil supplies to the West to terrorist attacks against
   Jewish targets around the world.

   Israel has identified three prime targets south of Tehran which are
   to be involved in Iran's nuclear programme:

   # Natanz, where thousands of centrifuges are being installed for uranium

   # A uranium conversion facility near Isfahan where, according to a
   by an Iranian vice-president last week, 250 tons of gas for the
   process have been stored in tunnels

   # A heavy water reactor at Arak, which may in future produce enough
   plutonium for a bomb

   Israeli officials believe that destroying all three sites would
   delay Iran's
   nuclear programme indefinitely and prevent them from having to live
   in fear
   of a "second Holocaust".

   The Israeli government has warned repeatedly that it will never allow
   nuclear weapons to be made in Iran, whose president, Mahmoud
   has declared that "Israel must be wiped off the map".

   Robert Gates, the new US defence secretary, has described military
   against Iran as a "last resort", leading Israeli officials to
   conclude that
   it will be left to them to strike.

   Israeli pilots have flown to Gibraltar in recent weeks to train for the
   2,000-mile round trip to the Iranian targets. Three possible routes have
   been mapped out, including one over Turkey.

   Air force squadrons based at Hatzerim in the Negev desert and Tel
   Nof, south
   of Tel Aviv, have trained to use Israel's tactical nuclear weapons
   on the
   mission. The preparations have been overseen by Major General Eliezer
   Shkedi, commander of the Israeli air force.

   Sources close to the Pentagon said the United States was highly
   unlikely to
   give approval for tactical nuclear weapons to be used. One source said
   Israel would have to seek approval "after the event", as it did when it
   crippled Iraq's nuclear reactor at Osirak with airstrikes in 1981.

   Scientists have calculated that although contamination from the
   bunker-busters could be limited, tons of radioactive uranium
   compounds would
   be released.

   The Israelis believe that Iran's retaliation would be constrained by
   fear of
   a second strike if it were to launch its Shehab-3 ballistic missiles at

   However, American experts warned of repercussions, including widespread
   protests that could destabilise parts of the Islamic world friendly
   to the

   Colonel Sam Gardiner, a Pentagon adviser, said Iran could try to
   close the
   Strait of Hormuz, the route for 20% of the world's oil.

   Some sources in Washington said they doubted if Israel would have
   the nerve
   to attack Iran. However, Dr Ephraim Sneh, the deputy Israeli defence
   minister, said last month: "The time is approaching when Israel and the
   international community will have to decide whether to take military
   against Iran."
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