IDF ‘more ready than ever’ to strike Iran, security official says

Though military option is not likely at this point, army is constantly adapting and improving for possible attack, Walla reports

Illustrative photo of an Israeli F-15 Eagle fighter jet (Edi Israel/Flash90/File)
Illustrative photo of an Israeli F-15 Eagle fighter jet (Edi Israel/Flash90/File)

The Israeli military is readier now than it ever has been to carry out a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities should it be instructed to do so, a senior security official told Walla news Monday.

“Every year that passes, the IDF improves,” the unnamed official said. “We never stand still. The professional level increases. In the coming year we will receive another submarine, F-35 fighter jets and other platforms. Intelligence is improving as well,” he said.

He noted that Israel’s defensive capabilities against Iranian retaliation were also constantly improving.

But the news site noted that the military option had essentially been suspended in recent years and would not be easily reinstated unless there is a fundamental change in the political landscape, or a serious development in Iran’s alleged progress towards a nuclear bomb.

A strike is looking increasingly unlikely following July’s nuclear accord between Iran and world powers — the US, EU, Russia and China.

According to the Walla report, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot instructed his deputy, Major General Yair Golan, to reevaluate the military’s plans in light of the accord and adapt them to recent developments.

Israel has been abuzz in recent days over newly released recordings made by former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak which revealed purported Israeli deliberations on ultimately abandoned strikes on Iran.

Former prime minister Ehud Barak (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Former prime minister Ehud Barak (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

In the tapes, Barak claims that he and Netanyahu wanted to attack Iran in 2010, but that the chief of staff at the time Gabi Ashkenazi indicated that there was no viable plan for such an operation; that they were thwarted in 2011 by the opposition of fellow ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Yuval Steinitz; and that a planned 2012 strike was aborted because it happened to coincide with a joint Israel-US military exercise and Israel did not want to drag the US into the fray.

Channel 2 said that “anger” at the former defense minister’s statements was widespread among the Israeli leadership, and that numerous senior political and security officials were also privately intimating that Barak’s version of events was not entirely accurate.

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