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Israeli Air Force openly training for attacking Iran

IAF training for possible strike against Iran

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has been training on long-range flights, including refueling in mid-flight, in preparation for potential strikes against Iranian nuclear [civilian power plants] targets, the Ma'ariv daily reported Friday.

The training program has been taking place for some time but has only been released for publication Friday.

Intelligence assessments received by the defense establishment concur that once Iran passes the point of no return in its nuclear efforts, the entire Middle East will enter a frantic nuclear armament race. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are expected to lead such an armament race.

[There is no need for the corporate media to explain what "the point of no return" might actually mean, because the purpose of this phrase is to serve as an ambiguous, meaningless, arbitrary term which sounds specific but in reality can be defined and used by Israel and its allies how ever and when ever they choose.]

At the end of 2007 the US and Israel are expected to hold a joint assessment to ascertain the influence of economic sanctions against Iran.

A new package of upgraded sanctions, which includes exerting pressure on European governments to cancel US $22 billion in loan guarantees given annually to European companies trading with Iran.

The new package also includes sanctions against banks working with Iran, non-renewal of oil infrastructure in Iran and a long series of economic actions that are meant to seriously hurt the Iranian economy.

Following the end-of-year assessment, Washington will decide how to move forward in the struggle against Iran's nuclear race.

Members of the international community - the US and Israel leading - are convinced that Iran's race to enrich uranium is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic, on its side, insists it is looking for energy sources that would be an alternative to fossil fuels.

Iran has so far remained defiant in face of the demands voiced by the international community that it make its nuclear program transparent to UN-mandated monitoring.

In related news, the Jerusalem Post has learned that the IAF has significantly upgraded the level of its cooperation with the United States Air Force and now receives regular updates on American procurement decisions.

An agreement on the cooperation was reached at meetings last month between head of IAF Procurement and Equipment Brig.-Gen. Dr. Kobi Bortman and senior USAF officers in Washington and Dayton, Ohio.

Bortman, an expert on aircraft structural engineering with a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, gave the Americans a demonstration of the IAF's Enterprise Resources Planning system. The system serves as a single database for both manpower and inventory lists and enables cost-effective maintenance of supplies and other resources.

The USAF, which briefed Bortman on its own new cost-saving system for keeping track of inventory, decided following the meeting to establish its own Enterprise Resources Planning database.

"We are interested in many of the same platforms and systems, and the Americans look at us as a small-scale laboratory of themselves," a high-ranking IAF officer told the Post. "Now every time the USAF signs a contract and purchases something new, they will update us."

The updates will only be given to Israel, the officer said, when America purchases a system or platform related to the IAF. An American delegation will come to Israel to meet with Bortman again toward the end of the year

One issue of common interest for the IAF and USAF is the "J" model of Lockheed Martin's C-130 Hercules transport plane. Israel is considering purchasing the new model for its 40-year-old fleet of transport aircraft and in March submitted a Request for Information to Lockheed Martin to receive details on the J model's cost and performance.

India, Norway and Canada recently signed contracts to purchase the new aircraft.

The newest version of the Hercules, the J model is externally similar to the classic Hercules, but inside it is a different aircraft and includes new Rolls-Royce Allison AE21000 turboprops with six-bladed composite propellers and digital avionics, including heads-up displays for the pilots.

According to a top IAF officer, Israel would like to buy the new aircraft but is waiting to receive a price offer from Lockheed before it begins negotiations. The decision to buy the aircraft is also pending a decision in the General Staff.

The IAF is also considering sending its younger Hercules planes to Boeing Co. for an upgrade under the company's C-130 Avionics Modernization Program. In September, Boeing announced the first flight of a C-130 aircraft that had had its cockpit gutted and revamped to improve navigation and communication.


Jerusalem Post, "Report: IAF training for possible strike against Iran", 21 June 2007.


Haaretz, "Iran complains to UN over Israel's 'dangerous threats'", 19 June 2007.
    Iran's UN ambassador complained in a letter circulated Monday that the Security Council has done nothing to stop Israel's "unlawful and dangerous threats" against his country.
    [Like any country or individual, Iran is entitled to try and use peaceful diplomatic methods to achieve goals and deal with problems. But there is no hope for Iran at the UNSC because the UNSC is controlled by 5 powerful countries, and the US and UK both hold vetos; the UN is an anti-democratic, undemocratic instituitions dominated by rich countries which pretend to believe in democracy. Furthermore, the example set by the very same countries which dominate the UN and other international institutions is and war and extreme violence are acceptable and often effective strategies.]
    Javad Zarif protested a recent statement from Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz that Israel has not ruled out military action against Iran to disable its nuclear program. He also referred to a similar statement that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made in April.
    "I wish to inform you that, emboldened by the absence of any action by the Security Council, various Israeli officials have unabatedly continued to publicly and contemptuously make unlawful and dangerous threats of resorting to force against the Islamic Republic of Iran," Zarif said in the letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, dated June 11. He also sent a copy to the president of the Security Council.
    Zarif faulted the council for not condemning the statements and "for pushing for statements against Iran based on various distortions and unsubstantiated allegations ... in a failed attempt and tired smokescreen to distract the international community's attention from the real and serious threats that the (Israeli) regime poses to international and regional peace and security."

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