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Analyst: Israeli Strike on Syria May Have Major Implications for Iranian Nukes

By    |   Monday, 22 Jul 2013 02:42 PM

Could a recent attack that destroyed a shipment of advanced Russian missiles delivered to President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime be an Israeli warning to Iran over its nuclear program?

Israel is widely believed to have been behind the July 5 military strike on 50 Russian Yakhont anti-ship missiles near a Syrian naval base at Latakia. Media outlets including the New York Times and CNN have quoted U.S. officials as saying the attack was an Israeli air strike.

The state-of-the-art Yakhont missiles have a range of 180 miles and are considered to be among the best of their kind in the world; they can evade radar by flying just above the water surface. Washington and Jerusalem are both concerned about the Yakhont because the missile’s sophistication and range could neutralize the ability of both nations to patrol the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

But veteran Israeli security analyst expert Tom Gross contends that U.S. officials may have the story of the attack wrong. His sources say the strike was more likely to have been carried out using precision-guided missiles fired from Israel’s German-made Dolphin-class submarines.

If true, he writes in The Weekly Standard, it would mean that Israel has a more potent operational capability to neutralize Iran atomic facilities than Western diplomats realize.
In private conversations, American and European diplomats appear to have concluded that Washington lacks the willingness to prevent Iran from going nuclear and that Israel lacks the capability.

These officials “have not taken on board the full range of Israel’s ability to attack Iranian nuclear installations,” according to Gross. “The Israeli air force has limited flight range while carrying heavy payloads, but submarines can place themselves much closer to Iranian nuclear installations.”

Iran “remains vulnerable” to “both surface and naval water naval threats,” he concludes. “It appears that Iran and the West have more than an Israeli air strike to consider.”



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