Israeli military exercise demonstrates its abilities to carry out an attack
U.S. military officials say a big Israeli military exercise
was aimed partly at showing Jerusalem's abilities to attack
Iranian nuclear facilities.
Two Pentagon officials say that Israel sent dozens of aircraft
on a large-scale exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean early this
Israel's military is refusing to confirm or deny that the
exercise was practice for a strike in Iran.
But one U.S. defense official said the maneuver could be taken
as a demonstration to Iran and the international community that
Israel is serious about the need to challenge Iran's nuclear
program -- and could be prepared to do so militarily.
The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorized to speak about the sensitive subject on
Russia's foreign minister is warning against the use of force
on Iran, saying there is no proof it is trying to build nuclear
weapons with the program Tehran said is for generating power.
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