Press TV.ir – April 2, 2008
Israel has reportedly unveiled plans to prepare for missile strikes it believes will be launched by states like Iran and Syria.
During the five-day preparation operation, Israel will reportedly simulate conventional and non-conventional missile strikes to test emergency response against Iran and Syria as well as the evacuation of cities.
The operation is slated to begin on April 6, according to the WorldTribune.com.
Although the operation seems to be an innocent attempt to improve defense capabilities, pundits are beginning to question whether the exercise may be aimed at laying the foundation for a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Analysts claim this news echoes the latest developments and points to a war on Iran as it follows a recent report that a US nuclear submarine had been deployed to the Persian Gulf.
Another reason that has caused speculation that the Islamic Republic will come under attack is the sudden resignation
of US Admiral William "Fox" Fallon.
Admiral Fallon played one of the most decisive roles in US foreign policy by overseeing military operations in the Middle East. He was well-known for his opposition
to the Bush administration rattling sabers with Iran.
Another development that has worried analysts is that Saudi Arabia reportedly started taking measures to prepare for nuclear fallout a day after US Vice President Dick Cheney met with Saudi officials during his Mideast tour
As the details of Cheney's recent discussions with his Arab allies remain unclear, question have been raised regarding the timing of such drastic measures.
According to popular government-guided Saudi newspaper Okaz, Saudi Arabia will start the implementation of 'national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the Kingdom following expert warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors'.
This is while Iran maintains that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Tehran has warned on numerous occassions that any attack launched against it shall be met with a 'crushing response'.
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Last updated 04/04/2008