Reacting to reports in London about a possible Israeli plan for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the editor of Jane’s Intelligence Digest tells Radio Farda that a surgical strike cannot be ruled out, but all military plans are not always followed by execution. July 19, 2004 - Israel has last month staged a rehearsal for its plan to possibly take out Iran’s nuclear facilities, writes the Sunday Times. But Israeli MP Efram Seneh said his country had no plans to attack Iran. There is a difference between planning and decision, editor of the London-based trade magazine Jane’s Intelligence Digest tells Radio Farda’s London correspondent Shahran Tabari. Israel may have devised a strategic plan to attack Iran’s nuclear sites, but it does not mean that it will carry it out.
However, he says a surgical attack against Iran, such as Israel’s 1981 raid on Iraq’s nuclear facilities near Baghdad, cannot be ruled out. Israel has until 2007, when Russians are expected to deliver nuclear fuel to the plant, to carry out its plan.
He adds that the US may not participate in any Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, “But if George Bush gets re-elected, then an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would not be far-fetched.
“For the moment, we are witnessing a concentration of pressure on Iran;” on the nuclear issue through the International Atomic Energy agency and the EU, and on the case of Iran’s al-Qaeda detainees, he adds. And, naturally, if Iran follows Libya’s path, and gives up its nuclear program, then an attack would not be a possibility, since nobody’s suggesting an attack on Libya.”