Report: Israel aborted 2014 mission against Iran because Obama threatened to shoot down planes
A report in a Kuwaiti newspaper that has not been confirmed by any other source claims that President Obama forced Israel to abort a 2014 mission to destroy Iran's nuclear capability by threatening to shoot down the planes
Al-Jarida newspaper quoted "well-placed" sources as saying that Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had taken a decision to carry out
airstrikes against Iran's nuclear program after consultations with his
minister of defense Moshe Yaalon and foreign minister Avigdor Liberman
in the presence of top security commanders.
The decision came,
according to al-Jarida, after Israel revealed that the United States and
Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and
were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel's back.
to the report, Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of
deliberations to task the Israeli army's chief of staff Beni Gants to
prepare a qualitative operation against Iran's nuclear program. In
addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could
do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House
because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel's security.
sources added that Gants and his commanders prepared the requested plan
and that Israeli fighter jets trained for several weeks in order to
make sure the plans would work successfully. Israeli fighter jets even
carried out experimental flights in Iran's airspace after they managed
to break through radars.
However, an Israeli minister "who has
good ties with the US administration revealed Netanyahu's plans to
Secretary of State John Kerry" and as a result Obama then threatened to
shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
I would take this one with a grain of salt. Former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz was a known opponent of striking Iran
, at least in 2012.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Benny Gantz, Binyamin Netanyahu, Iranian nuclear threat, Israeli attack on Iran