Israel is prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. It regards the Islamic regime as its greatest threat.
Last weekend Iran’s defence minister, Ali Shamkhani, announced his country had test fired a North Korean-designed missile capable of carrying a one tonne warhead 900 miles – putting Israel well within range.
And Mossad discovered that Shamkhani is in secret discussions with Syria to move eleven Iraqi nuclear scientists from Damascus to Tehran. They arrived in Syria shortly before the collapse of the Saddam regime.
“Syria’s president, Bashir Asad, has made one stipulation for the transfer – that Iran shares its nuclear research with Syria”, said a senior Mossad officer.
The Iraqis brought with them CDs of research on Saddam’s nuclear programme. The scientists were given new identities and hidden away in a Syrian military base north of Damascus.
Both the CIA and MI6 have already expressed concern that the Iraqis may have been helping Syria produce weapons of mass destruction.
“Asad is anxious to get the Iraqi scientists out of his country before Israel uses them as an excuse to launch an attack”, said an MI6 officer in London.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has already sent Israel’s three Dolphin-class nuclear submarines to the Gulf of Oman – within striking distance of Iran.
German built, each has recently been fitted with the latest US Navy “over the horizon” software. Called Promis, it allows the submarines to destroy with pinpoint accuracy targets in Iran up to 900 miles away.
These include nuclear plants at Natanz and Arak, sited in the remote fastness of Central Iran. A third plant is at Arkadan, near the historic city of Isfahan.
The plant at Natanz is the largest. Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have confirmed the accuracy of a report from Mossad undercover agents in Aran that the Natanz complex has an underground system of bunkers where nearly 1,000 scientists and technicians work.
A still confidential IAEA report states: “there are already 1,000 gas centrifuges and components for the manufacture of a further 50,000 centrifuges in the Natanz complex”.
Centrifuges are essential to produce highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons. Thirty feet below ground, the complex has 8-feet thick concrete walls.
Under its military aid treaty with Israel, the Pentagon is sending Tel Aviv 500 “bunker buster” warheads in November. The delivery date is set for the day after the US election.
“With President Bush expected to win, we regard this as positive support for any action against Iran which poses a threat to Israel and American interests in the region”, said a senior Mossad officer.
The bunker busters have BLU-109 warheads capable of penetrating the Natanz underground facilities.
An assault against Iranian targets will also involve Israel’s Airforce three squadrons of F-15 fighter-bombers.
To reach the gulf of Oman, the Dolphin submarines will have completed an 8,000-mile journey from their pens in Haifa. Each submarine carries 20 Cruise missiles. They also have 200kg warheads, each containing 5kg plutonium.
Israel last launched a pre-emptive strike against a nuclear facility when it destroyed Saddam’s Hussein’s nuclear reactor in 1981. That attack was praised by Washington and London as “a model of pre-emptive action”.
Last week, MI6 chief John Scarlett warned Prime Minister Tony Blair that a similar attack by Israel could be only weeks away.
Mossad hardline chief, Meir Dagan, has told Prime Minister Sharon that Iran is now “further advanced” in developing its nuclear weapons than recent checks by IAEA inspectors have believed.
Mossad has learned that Iran’s nuclear processing plants also possess what is called “inevitable waste product”. This can provide groups like al Qaeda with the basis to make a dirty bomb.
A senior intelligence officer in Tel Aviv revealed that President Bush “is now firmly convinced that Iran poses a greater threat to Israel than Iraq did”. And a senior Pentagon official has further confirmed that a number of Department of Defence planners have recently travelled to Tel Aviv to discuss plans to attack Iran.
Meanwhile the Iran regime continues to threaten its own pre-emptive strike against Israel.
A military parade through Tehran has displayed a range of military missiles. On a Shabab-2 missile – capable of hitting Tel Aviv or Jerusalem – a banner proclaimed: “Israel must be wiped off the map.” Another missile carried a banner warning: “We will crush Israel under our might”. A third missile boasted: “With this weapon we can hit the American fleet in the Mediterranean and the Gulf”.
But any pre-emptive attack by Israel is unlikely to come until the IAEA deadline for Tehran to stop all work on Uranium enrichment. This expires a few days after the US November election. So far Tehran has refused to agree to meat the deadline.
Its nuclear facilities are continuing to convert 37 tonnes of yellow-cake – milled uranium oxide – into uranium hexafloride, the basis for uranium enrichment.
The Tehran regime insists the process is to provide fuel for its electricity generating reactors and bring power to small villages throughout the country.
Israel has also developed an ultra sophisticated range of electronic weapons. These are capable of:
- Totally disabling communications between Iran’s regional military commanders.
- Closing down the countries banking system.
- Wrecking its internal transport system.
“The systems are so specific they would not disrupt hospitals. They are designed only to take out military targets. Infowar has a great advantage. It can freeze all the hardware with out the loss of life that comes with conventional war”, confirmed a Tel Aviv intelligence officer.