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Israel Preparing to War with Iran

11.07.2008 16:00

Yuri Veselov

Israeli Defense Minister and ex-Premier Ehud Barak sharply responded to the news distributed in Iran on a successful test of new ballistic missile Shahab-3 conducted in early July 2008.

Ehud Barak claimed: "Israel will do its utmost to terminate further missile technology developments in Iran that threaten our security".

Let us recall that Iranian indigenous 16-m long single-staged solid-fuelled ballistic missile Shahab-3 was test-fired for the first time in 2004. Since that date Iran radically upgraded the missile and conducted several test-fires partially confirming its designed range and accuracy.

According to official statements, the missile may kill targets at a distance of up to 2,000 km, i.e. in Israel and US military facilities in Turkey. In so doing, developers flatly deny its provision with a nuclear warhead.

In spite of relatively peaceful statements of Iranian officials, Arab sources confirm that militant rhetoric of Israeli officials does match the deed. According to the same sources, the Israeli AF Command actively conducts preparations for air strikes on nuclear and military facilities of Iran. These strikes were recently practiced during a large-scale AF and Navy exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean.

In particular, Israeli military aircraft have been already concentrated at two American AF bases in Iraq. The aircraft stationed there practice neutralization of Iranian air defense and air strikes on the central areas of the country. Earlier Israeli militaries for a long time mastered a potential theater of military operations flying from air bases Incirlik and Diyarbakir under a strategic partnership treaty with Turkey.

Thus, it is possible to say to a great degree of confidence that Israel is at the final stage of its preparation for a military aggression against Iran. However, the USA occupies a more pragmatic position claiming that the movie of Shahab-3 test-fires posted in the Internet is a replay of the previous test-fires in 2005-2007.

In turn, the Iranian leadership takes firm response measures in the conditions of an aggravating external threat. In addition to the statements to mount missile strikes on Israel Iran warns that its may block the Strait of Hormuz and thus prevent maritime traffic in the Gulf waters.

Currently Iran conducts a large-scale exercise of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to practice the targets set by the national political leadership. On July 10, 2008, Iran performed in the Gulf area practice launches of ground- and sea-based ballistic missiles and practice firing of indigenous up-to-date high-velocity torpedo Hoot ("Whale").

IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said to journalists observing the exercises in Iran: "These exercises will be an edification to enemies of Iran".