Ariel Sharon skal ha bedt forsvaret være klare til å slå ut Irans atomanlegg i mars. Israel skal ha lytteposter inne i Irak, på grensen til Iran, og skal ha gjort raid over grensen, skriver Sunday Times.
Israelerne skal ha avslørt flere atominstallasjoner som IAEA er uvitende om.
Cross-border operations and signal intelligence from a base established by the Israelis in northern Iraq are said to have identified a number of Iranian uranium enrichment sites unknown to the the IAEA.
Since Israel destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, «it has been understood that the lesson is, don’t have one site, have 50 sites», a White House source said.
It is believed Israel would call on its top special forces brigade, Unit 262 — the equivalent of the SAS — and the F-15I strategic 69 Squadron, which can strike Iran and return to Israel without refuelling.
Aharon Zeevi Farkash, the Israeli military intelligence chief, stepped up the pressure on Iran this month when he warned Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, that «if by the end of March the international community is unable to refer the Iranian issue to the United Nations security council, then we can say the international effort has run its course».
Israel er også bekymret over at Iran oppgraderer sin etterretning. Det skjøt nylig opp sin første satellitt ved russisk hjelp.
Russland har også solgt Iran et avansert system til å skyte ned krysserraketter og laserstyrte bomber.
Russia last week signed an estimated $1 billion contract — its largest since 2000 — to sell Iran advanced Tor-M1 systems capable of destroying guided missiles and laser-guided bombs from aircraft.
«Once the Iranians get the Tor-M1, it will make our life much more difficult,» said an Israeli air force source. «The installation of this system can be relatively quick and we can’t waste time on this one.»