Richard Silverstein reported yesterday that the Israeli Defence Force had just censored reporting in the Israeli media about war game exercise training in preparation for an attack on Iran.
Until they were censored a few hours ago, Israeli news reported a series of critical war games conducted with the Greek air force (take that Turkey!) which simulated an attack on Iran and subsequent attacks on Lebanon and Syria to quell their responses to the Iranian bombardment. Now, the Israeli reports talk about an “attack on a distant target” whereas the uncensored version specified Iran. Foreign sources such as Maan use this uncensored headline (in Arabic): “Israel Air Force exercise simulates attacks against Iran.” I’m displaying an Israeli TV Channel 2 which says “IDF continues to train for Iran attack.” You won’t find this headline anymore. The IDF has ordered it censored.Yesterday I just happen to be talking to a retired US Air Force pilot who saw action in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Apparently the US not ony provided logistic support to Israel through Operation Nickel Grass.
Channel 2′s military correspondent noted during the now-censored video segment that the coming year would be a “decisive one” concerning the Iran threat. We’ve been hearing that exact phrasing for years now. But this somehow doesn’t comfort me much.The exercise included activation of missile defenses (e.g. Arrow, Patriot and Iron Dome) on the premise that Syrian and Hezbollah missiles from the north, and Hamas missiles from the south, would be fired on Israeli cities.
US jets were also flown to Israel and repainted with Israeli markings and the Star of David. US Air Force pilots removed their military insignia and became 'civilian' pilots subcontracted to the Israeli Air Force.
If Israel does pre-emptively strike against Iran, as seems inevitable, I wonder what level of support the US Administration will offer this time. I do know their military insignia are now attached to their uniforms with velcro.