Israel’s War Plans to Attack Iran “Before the US Elections”

truther August 22, 2012 11

Michel Chossudovsky

Israel’s Channel 10  suggests, in no uncertain terms, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “determined to attack Iran before the US elections” and that the “time for action is getting closer.”

“Israel is now closer than ever to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive”.

This timely report suggests that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak firmly believe that President Obama “would have no choice but to give backing for an Israeli attack” were it to be waged before the November presidential elections:

The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”

Asked by the news anchor in the Hebrew-language TV report how close Israel now was to “a decision and perhaps an attack,” Ben-David said: “It appears that we are closer than ever.”

He said it seemed that Netanyahu was not waiting for a much-discussed possible meeting with US President Barack Obama, after the UN General Assembly gathering in New York late next month — indeed, “it’s not clear that there’ll be a meeting.” In any case, said Ben-David, “I doubt Obama could say anything that would convince Netanyahu to delay a possible attack.”

There is considerable opposition to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the report noted — with President Shimon Peres, the army’s chief of the General Staff and top generals, the intelligence community, opposition leader Shaul Mofaz, “and of course the Americans” all lined up against Israeli action at this stage.

But, noted Ben-David, it is the Israeli government that would have to take the decision, and there Netanyahu is “almost guaranteed” a majority. Other Hebrew media reports on Tuesday also said Netanyahu had dispatched a senior official, National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror, to update the elderly spiritual leader of the Shas ultra-Orthodox coalition party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, on the status of the Iranian nuclear program, in order to try to win over Shas government ministers’ support for an attack. (Times of Israel, emphasis added)

In an earlier report, Richard Silverstein provides details of a leaked military document (translated from the Hebrew) which outlines the nature of Netanyahu’s proposed “shock and awe attack” on Iran:

The Israeli attack will open with a coordinated strike, including an unprecedented cyber-attack which will totally paralyze the Iranian regime and its ability to know what is happening within its borders.  The internet, telephones, radio and television, communications satellites, and fiber optic cables leading to and from critical installations—including underground missile bases at Khorramabad and Isfahan—will be taken out of action.  The electrical grid throughout Iran will be paralyzed and transformer stations will absorb severe damage from carbon fiber munitions which are finer than a human hair, causing electrical short circuits whose repair requires their complete removal.  This would be a Sisyphean task in light of cluster munitions which would be dropped, some time-delayed and some remote-activated through the use of a satellite signal.

A barrage of tens of ballistic missiles would be launched from Israel toward Iran.  300km ballistic missiles would be launched from Israeli submarines in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf.  The missiles would not be armed with unconventional warheads [WMD], but rather with high-explosive ordnance equipped with reinforced tips designed specially to penetrate hardened targets.

The missiles will strike their targets—some exploding above ground like those striking the nuclear reactor at Arak–which is intended to produce plutonium and tritium—and the nearby heavy water production facility; the nuclear fuel production facilities at Isfahan and facilities for enriching uranium-hexaflouride.  Others would explode under-ground, as at the Fordo facility.

A barrage of hundreds of cruise missiles will pound command and control systems, research and development facilities, and the residences of senior personnel in the nuclear and missile development apparatus.  Intelligence gathered over years will be utilized to completely decapitate Iran’s professional and command ranks in these fields.

After the first wave of attacks, which will be timed to the second, the “Blue and White” radar satellite, whose systems enable us to perform an evaluation of the level of damage done to the various targets, will pass over Iran.  Only after rapidly decrypting the satellite’s data, will the information be transferred directly to war planes making their way covertly toward Iran.  These IAF planes will be armed with electronic warfare gear previously unknown to the wider public, not even revealed to our U.S. ally.  This equipment will render Israeli aircraft invisible.  Those Israeli war planes which participate in the attack will damage a short-list of targets which require further assault.

Among the targets approved for attack—Shihab 3 and Sejil ballistic missile silos, storage tanks for chemical components of rocket fuel, industrial facilities for producing missile control systems, centrifuge production plants and more.

Richard Silverstein underscores the fact that there is considerable opposition eithin Israel to the Netanyahu-Barak plan to bomb Iran, which is being waged with a view to allegedly ensuring the “safety of Israel” against Iran.

Will this Israeli opposition prevail were a decision to be taken by Netanyahu and his Defense Minister to carry out an attack plan?

Is Netanyahu a US Political Proxy?

Who is backing Netanyahu? There are powerful economic interests in the US who are in favor of an attack on Iran.

Is this an Israeli war project or is Israel’s prime minister a US political proxy, acting on behalf of  the Pentagon?

What happens if Netanyahu gives the order to attack? Will this order be carried out by Israel’s high command despite extensive opposition from within Israel’s Armed Forces?

The issue is not whether Washington will grant a green light to Israel before the US elections as conveyed by the the Israeli media.

The fundamental question is twofold.

1. Who at the political level decides on launching this war? Washington or Tel Aviv? Who are the economic powers elites which overshadow the political process in both the US and Israel?

2. Who ultimately decides– in terms of military command and control– in carrying out a large scale theater war in the Middle East: Washington or Tel Aviv?

Israel is a de facto US military outpost in the Middle East. US and Israeli command structures are integrated, with close consultations between the Pentagon and Israel’s Ministry of Defense. Reported last January, a large number of US troops are to be stationed in Israel. Joint war games between the US and Israel are also envisaged.

US-Israel-NATO war plans directed against Iran have been ongoing since 2003 including the deployment and stockpiling of advanced weapons systems.

The Israeli media reports are misleading. Israel cannot under any circumstances wage a war on Iran without the military backing of the US and NATO.

Advanced weapons systems have been deployed. US and allied Special Forces as well as intelligence operatives are already on the ground inside Iran. US military drones are involved in spying and reconnaissance activities.

Bunker buster B61 tactical nuclear weapons are slated to be used against Iran in retaliation for its alleged nuclear weapons program.

Military actions against Iran are coordinated with those pertaining to Syria.

What we are dealing with is a global military agenda, centralized and coordinated by US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) involving complex logistics, liaison with various military and intelligence entities. In 2005, USSTRATCOM was identified as “the lead Combatant Command for integration and synchronization of DoD-wide efforts in combating weapons of mass destruction.” This Combatant Command integration also included coordination with America’s allies including NATO, Israel and a number of frontline Arab states, which are members of NATO’s Mediterranean dialogue.

In this broader context of imperial warfare coordinated out of USSTRATCOM in liaison with US Central Command (USCENTCOM), Netanyahu’s attack plan against Iran, conveys the illusion that Tel Aviv rather than Washington calls the shots on waging a war on Iran.

The Israeli media reports mentioned above convey the impression that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are in a position to act independently of Washington as well as force Obama into supporting Israel’s attack on Iran.

The notion that Israel could act alone and against the interests of the US is part of a subtle disinformation campaign. There is a longstanding foreign policy practice for Washington to encourage its close allies to take the first step in the unleashing a war, with the Pentagon pulling the military strings in the background.

Let us be under no illusion, the war plans directed against Iran, which have been on the Pentagon’s drawing board since 2003, are established at the highest levels in Washington in consultation and coordination with Tel Aviv and NATO headquarters in Brussels.

While Israel participates in the conduct of war, it does not play an overriding central role in setting the military agenda.

This article was written by Michel Chossudovsky and originally published at Global Research

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  1. rainman August 24, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    It’s pretty clear that the people opposing to this have religion issues…….but has anybody forgot how smart netenyahou is? He doesn’t lack the brain power of common sense like you few on here…….this is a true Man of God he doesn’t lack knowledge he’s full of knowledge. They are called an allie for a reason, they have been from the beginning and unfortunately for you Mr Muslim obama can not change that…..Israel will prevail, and are in my prayers

  2. Chaos August 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    According to Frank…Because the Jews invented some communication gadgets, we are supposed to bow down to the “chosen people”. We are supposed to ignore all the war crimes carried out by the IDF, just because they are smart, crafty people. Because Jewish scientists developed software we are supposed cheer them on when they fire rockets into refugee camps and funerals killing children among their suspected targets. These “chosen people” are so righteous with pre-emptive strikes on Egypt, Iraq, and Syria…we are supposed to admire this as you do Frank. The 7 Million Palestinian refugees were displaced from another country, NOT Palestine. According to their Press Agent, Frank, Israel has the third largest traded stock on NASDAQ but it is impossible for them to run a country they have infiltrated. Frank, Get your Propaganda Straight. Next you are going to tell us that the Israelis are a peaceful people.

  3. Dan Gilfry August 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    To Frank the heathen Jew.
    I am a Catholic. American. White.
    Yes, 20,000 Jews own and run Sweden.
    They have done so since they killed the
    Swedish Prime Minister in 1986.
    I am not a Jew and I don’t lie!
    We human beings will only have peace
    on OUR planet when Satan’s Jews are dead!

  4. Stan Sikorski August 23, 2012 at 2:38 am - Reply

    I hope Isntreal tries to pull this off and the whole Arab & Persian World comes down on those yids like a ton of bricks. We’ll take care of the ones here, and their appeasers too.

  5. Anti war taxpayer August 23, 2012 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Just an addendum, I realize the honorable Mr. Chussodovsky has said much more than my previous comment alludes to, but the fact remains that this IS a propaganda campaign and should not be taken seriously. I wish our government truly cared that the U.S. CANNOT afford to get into another war. All I can do is appeal to anyone with a brain to try to dissuade the fear mongering and pro-war sentiments. The easiest way to do that is to show them the cost. To all who disagree with me, just think about what YOU stand to lose by allowing our tax dollars to be used this way.

  6. Anti war taxpayer August 23, 2012 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Michel Chussodovsky has suggested this could be a propaganda campaign by Israel simply because they cannot pull off a successful operation alone against Iran without getting their butts kicked. I think I agree with his assessment because the US can’t afford to get into another war, and being forced into one prematurely by Israeli antics would show extreme weakness on the part of our government. I think we need to look beyond the propaganda and hope that our own leaders can find some kind of agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear ambitions (whatever they may be) and avoid war at all costs. American taxpayers are already on the hook for too much, and Israel has always received plenty of charity from us, so why do they think it’s our obligation to fight their battles for them?

  7. Archie1954 August 23, 2012 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Americans are supposed to love this state? What’s to love? Imagine a small, unimportant state planning to disturb and affect the democratic elections in the world’s most important country and it does it with impunity. Something is very wrong with this picture. Either there are a whole lot of traitors occupying seats in Congress or they’re imbeciles. Take your pick

    • FreeWheelinFrank August 23, 2012 at 1:33 am - Reply

      Some facts even a moron can’t ignore! Israel set up the first advanced field hospital in earthquake ravaged Haiti and provided assistance to earthquake victims in Turkey and Greece. I didn’t see the Arabs send any help to these people! Israel’s Ethiopian airlifts rescued 28,000 African Jews. Israel was one of the few countries who took in Vietnamese “boat people” Israel has the highest per capita rate of university degrees. Israel has the highest ratio of scientists and citizens in the workforce with 145 per 10,000 citizens, compared to 85 in the US. Next to Silicon Valley, Israel has the highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world. Israel has the third-largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies in the world behind the US and Canada. ISRAELI INVENTIONS: The cell phone (Motorola-Israel),
      Most of the Windows NT operating system (Microsoft-Israel), Technology for AOL instant Messenger, Voice mail technology, Electro-optic chips and nanotechnology, The Pentium 4 microprocessor for desktop computers, The Centrino processor for laptop computers. These were all Israeli Inventions just to name a few.
      Archie, some people are silent and thought of as stupid others open their mouths and remove all doubt! You have certainly proven this beyond reasonable doubt. “Who can challenge the rights of the Jews in Palestine? Good Lord, historically it is really your country”
      Yusef Diya al-Khalidi
      Mayor of Jerusalem, 1899

  8. Dan Gilfry August 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    It is extremely hard for a human being to understand the blood lust of the Jews.
    The 20,000 Jews that own and run Sweden are simultaneously trying to pick a fight with Belarus and Ecuador, while their kinfolk in Occupied Palestine are doing all they can to start a war with a peaceful Iran.
    I hope and pray that 2012 will be the year all human beings unite to wage war against the only enemy of the human race – Satan’s Jews!

    • FreeWheelinFrank August 23, 2012 at 1:16 am - Reply

      20,000 Jews that run Sweden? Is this like a Polish joke or what? Prove it! You spew so much
      BS you must be a Islamist sympathizer. Blood Lust of the Jews? You’ve got it backwards pal! It’s the Iranians and the Palestinians who are blood thirsty for killing Jews. I can prove this! Unlike the BS you post on here. How many times does Ahmadinejad have to threaten to wipe the Jews off the map before you’re deaf ears hear the truth. Arabs are nothing but liars, it’s in their culture to lie! How many times do the Israelis have to trade land for peace only to be attacked with rockets the next day… This has been going on long enough! Israel needs to get it done and take out the scumbag lying Iranian pigs! Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, they all need their lying punk A$$es kicked. Hey Dan! Tell us what religion you are? What’s the matter you have some skeletons in the closet?
      There is no Occupied Palestine, for that to have happened the Palestinians would have been in control of the area prior to 1948. This was just not the case no matter how much you wish it to be. Oh you believe in Satan then you must be a Christian maybe Southern Baptist or Catholic or maybe just an Arab or Nazi. Either way you know nothing of history of the Middle East and it shows.

    • Anti war taxpayer August 23, 2012 at 7:00 am - Reply

      Do you know anything about Khazars from Northern Turkey? Later they were known as Khazarian Jews because they wanted to avoid the crusades. Even though the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” were modeled after the Talmud, there is growing evidence they were written under Vatican influence (which I’m sure is no surprise). My point? Zionism is what Mr. Ahmedinejad objects to, not Judaism. The absurdity of this whole scenario of Israel attacking Iran (besides the fact they’ll get creamed) is that the second largest population of Jews live in Iran, and they are happy to call themselves Iranians. In other words, they are NOT Zionists.

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