For the first time, the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) major ‘Chariots of Fire’ exercises will include practice drills for a wide-scale strike on Iran, the Times of Israel reported, citing familiar sources involved.
The drills over the Mediterranean Sea will begin on May 29, 2022 during the fourth and final week of the month-long exercises.
In light of growing uncertainty regarding a return by Iran to the 2015 nuclear deal, amid long-stalled negotiations with the US regime, the Israel Defense Forces in the past year has ramped up its efforts to prepare a credible military threat against important Iranian facilities.
A potential strike by Israel on Iran poses several challenges for the IAF. It has to find ways to shell the Iranian nuclear facilities that are located deep underground, to somehow bypass increasingly sophisticated Iranian air defenses, and to prepare for retaliation by Iranian allies.
The upcoming drill is also expected to focus on preparing for and responding to such retaliation. Almost all of the units of the Israel Defense Forces take part in the ‘Chariots of Fire’ exercises.
As Israeli Channel 13 reported, during the Iran-attack simulation, US tankers will practice a midair refueling of Israeli fighter jets passing over Iraq, Saudi Arabia or Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz claimed that Iran stands just a few weeks away from accumulating fissile material that will be sufficient for a first nuclear bomb. Israel itself has over 90 nuclear warheads at their disposal, but ignores to make this official.
He stressed that Iran continues to accumulate irreversible knowledge and experience in all aspects related to the advanced centrifuges, and that the price for tackling the Iranian challenge on a global or regional level is constantly growing.
Iran has insisted its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes. Iran does not need nuclear bombs to defend itself against Israel.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had previously warned Israel that his country’s military would strike the center of the Zionist regime if Tel Aviv makes the tiniest wrong hostile movement against Iran.
After a year of negotiations in Vienna, a deal appeared close at hand in February, 2022.
However, Iran demanded guarantees from Washington that any future US president would not withdraw from a new agreement, and asked the USA to remove Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps from its list of terrorist organizations.
The US regime seated in Washington has not responded to these requests ever since.
If the USA gives any response to some of the solutions that were proposed, the five other participants of JCPOA can be back in the position for all sides to return to Vienna.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.