Press TV – December 17, 2011
Israel is unifying its special forces under one command amid the persisting rhetoric and speculations that the Israeli regime would launch a military strike against Iranian nuclear sites.
“The primary task of the Corps will be to extend joint IDF (Israeli army) operations into the strategic depth,” the Israeli military said on Thursday.
The new command, dubbed Depth Corps, will be headed by Major General Shai Avital and will focus on Israel’s long-distance operations.
The integration of special operations forces into the Depth Corps, known as Iran Special Operations Command within the Israeli military, means they will also play a role in “commando” operations involving sabotage and assassinations in the Islamic Republic.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have occasionally called for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
However, several Israeli security and military figures have warned that an attack on Iran over its nuclear activities would lead to a regional war.
Former director of Mossad spy agency Meir Dagan said in a television interview on November 29 that Iran, and the Hezbollah and Hamas resistance movements will respond with massive rocket attacks on Israel if the Tel Aviv regime attacks Iranian atomic sites.
He noted that Syria would also join Iran in that scenario.
Dagan added that such a war would take a heavy toll in terms of lost lives and would paralyze life in Israel.
Earlier in May, Dagan publicly argued against an airstrike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
He described the possibility of a future Israeli airstrike on Iran as “the stupidest thing he has ever heard.”
The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran’s nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda.
Iran has refuted the allegations, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
While Israel refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the NPT based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Iran has been subjected to snap IAEA inspections due to its policy of nuclear transparency.
Israel recently test fired a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The test was carried out at the Palmahim air base in central Israel.
This three-stage Jericho-3 missile, which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers. Paradoxically, Israel’s new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West.