Inevitably coming soon: The execution of an Israeli war plan.
“The theocratic state adopted, in time, the features of a
garrison state. In fact, Ayatollah Khamenei, who succeeded Khomeini
as Iran’s supreme leader, came to use his position as
commander-in-chief of the armed forces to expand his power. In
time, Khamenei came to appoint many Revolutionary Guard commanders
to top political positions, thus blurring the line between military
and civilian authority.”
— Morris Mottale, writing in Al-Jazeera, April 22, 2010
“All war is based on deception.”
— Sun Tzu c. 2300 B.C.
While the obama administration flounders and flails trying
to get the UN to impose further ineffectual economic sanctions
against the ayatollahs in Tehran, Israel must be planning ahead for
the day when it can no longer delay a military strike at Iran’s
nuclear capabilities. What would such action be? When and how could
it be done?
Israel’s military is sui generis: a doctrinal admixture derived from its defense against constant terrorism and conventional threats from neighboring Arab nations, equipped with nearly top-line American and European weapon systems. The IDF — Israeli Defense Forces — have invented their own methods of operation and adapted many of the training and operational methods of American and British units to their own needs. From the grunts on the ground to their elite intelligence and special forces, the Israeli military is limited mainly by the willingness of its government to enable it to act. And the Israelis’ cyberwar capabilities surpass any nation’s, with the possible exception of China.
President Obama has embargoed the sale of advanced U.S. military weapons to Israel and blocked deliveries of previously promised weapons. Among them are those most needed for a preemptive strike on Iran, such as GBU-28 bunker buster bombs, Apache attack helicopters, and design data on a stealthy version of the F-15 Eagle fighter-bomber.
What follows is fiction, at least as far as the author knows.
2 August 2010
Binyamin Netanyahu looked worn, grim, and tired. And he was. The prime minister held his head in both hands, facing down at the table. His hands dropped, and he stood up.
“So, this is the plan? Are we finally agreed?” Netanyahu looked around him. The meetings of the “Security Cabinet” — Israel’s war cabinet — had run on for days, interrupted with frustrating regularity for hours on end by other political crises — real and imagined — that caused the members to rush off to make private calls on their cell phones.
The 15 men and women around the table fell silent, nodding to him and each other.
“So the orders will be issued immediately. Tomorrow the Ofeq and TecSAR satellites will be permanently repositioned so that the risk of detection of the moves will be avoided, and the submarines will begin operational rotations so that three are constantly positioned for the same reasons. Thank you all for the hard work you have done.”
He had no need to remind them of the need for secrecy. They understood that this would be the biggest risk their nation had taken since its existence was declared in 1948.
IAF training area
The aircraft appeared suddenly in their binoculars. Even though they knew where to look, the F-15s were impossible to see until they’d slowed from supersonic speed and the smaller F-16s were still a blur. The target was a bunker built 100 feet underground and shielded by 20 feet of steel-reinforced concrete.
Though they were standing a mile away, the ground shook from the five bombs’ detonations. They hit so quickly, one after another, that the distant rumbling sound was continuous. The IAF general waved, and the vehicles raced toward the impact area. When they arrived, the ground team — wearing hard hats and face masks — had already begun measuring the depth and width of the crater. Through the dust cloud, they couldn’t see the bottom.
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