compiled by Cem Ertür
27 May 2010
1) Israel holds a joint military exercise in Greece to rehearse an attack on Iran (27 May 2010)
from the archives:
2) US officials: Israel’s military exercise in Greece seemed directed at Iran (20 June 2008)
3) Senator Obama: There is no doubt that Iran poses an extraordinary threat to Israel (20 June 2008)
excerpt from: Israeli war game rehearses ‘Iran attack’
Press TV, 27 May 2010
Israel has joined forces with Greece to conduct an aerial maneuver to practice long-range missions and mid-air fueling, a report says.
The war game codenamed “MINOAS 2010” [25 May – 3 June], is carried out at a Greek air base in Souda Bay, on the island of Crete, Haaretz reported.
During the exercise, the Israeli Air Force tested 10 planes including five F-15I Rams and five F16I Sufas. The planes are designed for long-range attacks.
Israeli CH-53 helicopters were also used in the exercise, practicing rescue missions for pilots, while an IAF Boeing took part in aerial refueling.
According to the report, Greece, which possesses the sophisticated S-300 anti-missile system — which Iran is interested in acquiring, participated in the maneuver with fifteen F16s.
The report comes as Israel continues to threaten Iran with a military strike to target the country’s nuclear infrastructure.
from the archives:
excerpts from: U.S. says exercise by Israel seemed directed at Iran
by Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 20 June 2008
Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Several American officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes […] More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters participated in the maneuvers, which were carried out over the eastern Mediterranean and over Greece during the first week of June , American officials said.
The exercise also included Israeli helicopters that could be used to rescue downed pilots. The helicopters and refueling tankers flew more than 900 miles, which is about the same distance between Israel and Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, American officials said. […]
“If Iran continues with its program for developing nuclear weapons, we will attack. […] Attacking Iran, in order to stop its nuclear plans, will be unavoidable.” [said Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz in a Yedioth Aharonot] interview published on June 6, the day after the unpublicized exercise ended. “
excerpts from: Sen. Barack Obama holds a news conference
BNET, 20 June 2008
QUESTION: There are some reports today that the Israeli military has conducted some exercises to try to prove, apparently, that they could attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if they had to.
Is Israel within its right to do that? And what role should the U.S. play, if at all?
OBAMA: […] I think Israel is entirely justified to be concerned about the constant harangues by Iran and President Ahmadinejad and Iran’s support of Hezbollah and Hamas. And so, there is no doubt that Iran poses an extraordinary threat to Israel. And Israel is always justified in making decisions that will provide for its security.
[Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Barack Obama, news conference in Jacksonville, Florida, 20 June 2008]
Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister: Israel’s improved technological capabilities can be used for a war on Gaza, for a war on Lebanon, for a war on Syria, and also for war on Iran (10 May 2010)
Once again, a CSIS report designates Turkey as the optimum route for a possible Israeli attack on Iran (30 March 2010)
Israel: Forging NATO missile shield, rehearsing war with Iran (5 November 2009)