posted on Mar, 5 2020 @ 01:08 AM
a reply to: Masisoar
There never was a capability shortfall holding them back. A limited strike just wouldn't accomplish anything in the long run if the US wasn't willing
to back them up with a prolonged, crippling air campaign.
Also Netanyahu coudln't muster a majority in favor of a strike in their security cabinet some tens years back, with most of the military and
intelligence heads opposing it. At least that was the leaked news story from a couple of years ago.
I suspect Netanyahu just chickened out as per usual - one Bibis dirty little secret, for all his tough talk 'Mr. Security' is actually supremely
hesitant committing the nation to actually risky military adventures, much more so than previous Israeli leaders.
Not that it was a bad call in this case, the nuclear deal (as bad it it was) did pretty much what a limited Israeli strike would have accomplished.
It’s just neither is a solution in the long run.
Anyway back to Israeli tankers, it’s not just token capability, the IAF has been pushing their refueling squadron hard.
When they retired their oldest 707 last year (celebrating the event by refueling F-35Is with said aircraft) they said their fleet had some 15.000 air
refuelings under its belt.
They also aquired some used 707s to be used for spares a few years back (at least officially, who knows), so the won’t go away any time soon.