Saturday, February 24, 2007

Israel in talks with U.S. on 'air corridor' over Iraq to Iran

The Israelis are negotiating with the United States for an air corridor through Iraq should they decide to attack Iran unilaterally.

The report cited a senior Israeli defense official who said talks are currently underway between the two countries over the possibility that Jerusalem decides to take unilateral action to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

"We are planning for every eventuality, and sorting out issues such as these are crucially important," said the official, speaking under condition of anonymity.

"The only way to do this is to fly through U.S.-controlled air space. If we don't sort these issues out now we could have a situation where American and Israeli war planes start shooting at each other," he said.

Contingency planning has accelerated significantly, the newspaper said, since the beginning of the year in light of Mossad estimates that Iran could have the necessary amount of fissile material to produce a nuclear weapon by 2009.
Meanwhile Dick Cheney, speaking in Sydney has said that, "all options are on the table" on Iran. And, with a certitude reminiscent of his many false statements regarding Iraq's WMD and nuclear facilities prior to the Iraq war, Cheney stated that, "They appear to be pursuing the development of nuclear weapons."

Of course, such a statement is simply false. The Americans have no idea whether or not Iran are pursuing nuclear weapons and have refused all Iranian offers to make their nuclear programme more transparent.

Indeed, the person behind the US's refusal was Dick Cheney. Hmmm.

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3 comments:

N. said...

but Iraq is an apparently sovereign country! Israel can't just fly over Iraq!

I never hated Israel before!

Now, I Do!

N. said...

Israel denies, according to AFP

Kel said...

N,

Thanks for the link. I also noticed last night that the Booman Tribune think this is actually part of a psychological campaign being waged against Iran.

Which makes some sense.