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Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.
To conduct surgical air strikes against Iran's nuclear programme, Israeli war planes would need to fly across Iraq. But to do so the Israeli military authorities in Tel Aviv need permission from the Pentagon.
A senior Israeli defence official said negotiations were now underway between the two countries for the US-led coalition in Iraq to provide an "air corridor" in the event of the Israeli government deciding on unilateral military action to prevent Teheran developing nuclear weapons.
Israel denied on Saturday that it was in negotiations with the U.S. authorities over permission for an "air corridor" over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported.
The UK's Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday morning that Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq, in case the Jewish nation is to conduct surgical air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.
The newspaper quoted a senior Israeli defense official as saying that "the only way to do this is to fly through U.S.- controlled air space." Meanwhile, the official said that negotiations were underway between the two countries.
However, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh denied the report on Saturday, saying that any talk of an Israeli offensive against Iran was speculative only, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily said.
(IsraelNN.com) Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of Russian immigrant party Yisrael Beiteinu said that the Jewish State will not be able to depend on the international community to protect Israel from the Iranian threat. The Strategic Affairs Minister said bluntly that the world will not defend Israel against a nuclear Iran.
“We will have to face the Iranians alone, Lieberman said in an interview broadcast on Israel Radio. Israel cannot remain with its arms folded, waiting patiently for Iran to develop non-conventional weapons.”
Originally posted by Seeker PI
I just can't see a direct attack on Iran without some kind of Tonkin event, getting the backing that a possible nuclear strike and the opening of Pandorras box requires.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
I dunno, I see Iran if they were going to go at this alone would need the upmost surprise on the initial strike.....
I doubt they'd allow info such as this to leak