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Report: What Will An Israeli Attack on Iran Look Like?

As speculations that Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities continue, NBC reports what such an attack may look like.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 2/3/2012, 10:59 PM

F15i aircaraft
F15i aircaraft
Israel news photo: IAF Website
As the rampant speculations that Israel will soon launch a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities continue, a report on NBC on Friday revealed what such an attack may look like.

The report, the main points of which were presented by Israel’s Channel 10 News, is based on conversations the American network held with current and former officials in Israel and the United States. The report suggests that an attack on Iran will combine air and ground faces but will not include naval forces.

The officials interviewed said that the attack will be led by the Israeli artillery, which will use Jericho 2 missiles that have a range of 2,500 kilometers. The report also says the artillery will be assisted by F-15i aircraft and Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The officials also told NBC that the operation will include ground units, but that they will not be involved in the actual attacks, focusing instead on marking targets or collecting intelligence.

The report added that the officials interviewed said that they believe the chances for an Israeli military operation in Iran are higher than 50 percent. They said, however, that they believe such an attack will not succeed in destroying all the nuclear facilities of the Islamic Republic and that the attack’s purpose would be simply to delay the Iranian nuclear program by damaging its most sensitive facilities. In such a case, one official said, Israel is prepared to repeat the attack in a few years.

Another important note made by the NBC report is that all the officials interviewed agreed with recent reports that Israel will not notify the White House a long time in advance of the attack. In fact, they said, the Obama Administration will likely be updated on the attack shortly before the aircraft take off. In any case the United States will likely not take an active part in the bombing, the officials said.

Earlier Friday, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, threatened Israel and said the Islamic Republic will help any nation or group that confronts the Jewish State.

In remarks to worshippers during Friday prayers in Tehran which were broadcast on state TV, Khamenei also said Iran would continue its nuclear program and warned that any military strike by the U.S. would only make Iran stronger.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)



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1. i hope al jewish die
xtb, mexico (4/2/12)
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2. Israel won't attack Iran
yonatan silverman, tel aviv israel (4/2/12)
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3. like a glass parking lot
shmujew, unholyland (4/2/12)
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4. the supreme leader,ayatollah sent his family to switzerland
len, usa (4/2/12)
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5. Here's why Israel will NOT attack Iran:
Eric, USA (4/2/12)
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6. If you were smart, let the US find out Afterwards. (n.c)
Dan, Fl (4/2/12)
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7. Attack On Iran
Peter, South Carolina (4/2/12)
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8. Gods kid
me, Bethlehem (4/2/12)
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9. If Israel can only bomb Iran half way back to the stone age,
Wes Sandecker, Key Largo FL US (4/2/12)
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10. Unbelievable
Dodad, USA (4/2/12)
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11. The G-d of Jacob will Never loose to Satan's workers...
Michael, ARK/USA (4/2/12)
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12. Wrong !.
Arn., Sweden. (4/2/12)
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13. Let us hope it will horribly back fire.
Terry, London (4/2/12)
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14. israeli Cowards
Jim Nasiuim, Ny, Ny (4/2/12)
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15. Just a threat and counter-threat. A bluff at that.
Norman, (4/2/12)
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16. remember the Osirak attack was a total success because
, (4/2/12)
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17. As a Christian who does not believe in replacement theology,
Keith, Michigan (4/2/12)
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18. What Will An Israeli Attack on Iran Look Like?
JamesTeague, Dallas, Texas (4/2/12)
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19. Iran is all puff and puff it will go up in smoke! (n.c)
Fivish, London (4/2/12)
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20. Why is this NOT loson horah? (n.c)
Tweaker, (4/2/12)
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Because its just a bunch of speculation and theory. (n.c)
Gabe, Seattle (4/2/12)
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21. The U.S.A. Has Emboldened Fanatical Iran
Yoda, San Diego, CA (4/2/12)
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22. The US should be shoulder to shoulder with Israel on this...
John, Cape Coral, FL (4/2/12)
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23. The main point of the report is
seraz, Israel (4/2/12)
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