November 19, 2008
Israeli Air Force Commander General Ido Nehushtan claims his forces are ready to follow any order to thwart Iran’s nuclear programs.
“The IAF is a very robust and flexible force … ready to do whatever is demanded,” the Nehushtan told German magazine Der Spiegel on Tuesday.
He added, however, a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities “is a political decision” and has nothing to do with Israel’s military capabilities.
Tel Aviv and Washington have repeatedly accused Tehran of pursuing a military nuclear program, a claim denied by the Islamic Republic. Israel has said it will not rule out any option to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear program, insisting that the use of military force is a legitimate option.
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The Nehushtan interview coincides with recent remarks by former Israeli military general, Moshe Ya’alon, who said that Israeli armed forces have the ‘right capabilities’ to launch a successful strike against Iran.
Ya’alon also revealed the wider ambitions of the Israeli regime aimed at toppling the Iranian government.
“[A strike] is not the end of the game. Then, we should follow it up with a viable, sustainable military operation to target the facilities [serving] the regime’s interests, and not allow the regime to rehabilitate itself.”
Iranian military officials have warned Israeli and other foreign aggressors of the bitter consequences that would follow an attack against the nation.
The Commander of the Iranian Army, Major General Ataollah Salehi, noted Tuesday that Iran “will inflict a humiliating defeat on aggressors with our arrow of anger.”
“The superpowers should know that Iran is aware of the secrets of aggressive countries,” he added.
Asked whether Israel is capable of targeting Iran’s nuclear facilities, which are spread across the country, Nehushtan replied, “I can only say this: It is not a technical or logistical question.”
“Modern technology is one thing, but the biggest advantage we have is our soldiers and officers. Israel is a small country. We neither have a big population nor natural resources. Our biggest asset is our human resources. And it is the air force that makes best use of it,” he said.
The threats against Iran’s nuclear program conflict with the latest report by the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, which revealed that its inspectors have not found any ‘components of a nuclear weapon’ or ‘related nuclear physics studies’ in the country.