Can Israel Take Out Iran’s Nuclear Facilities?

In the past week, competing analyses have appeared in the German daily Die Welt and the New York Times, supporting vastly different conclusions about how much the Israeli military might be able to set back Iran’s nuclear drive.

On Monday, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller took a grim view the Israeli military might be able to set back Iran’s nuclear drive. Quoting former U.S. military officials that in light of the distance between Israel and Iran, and Iran’s dispersal of nuclear facilities across its territory, she wondered whether the Israeli air force would be able to accomplish the task

“[S]ome analysts question whether Israel even has the military capacity to carry it off. One fear is that the United States would be sucked into finishing the job — a task that even with America’s far larger arsenal of aircraft and munitions could still take many weeks, defense analysts said. Another fear is of Iranian retaliation,” Bumiller wrote.

An Israeli mission to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure could require 100 fighter jets to make the 1,000-mile trip into Iranian airspace and return to Israel, she contended....

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