This short article is my second blog entry based on material translated from the Russian-language Israeli press. It is from today's edition of the Courier newspaper, and caught my eye because of its title: Израильских летчиков учат бомбить дальние объекты (Israeli pilots learn to bomb distant targets).
Translation, and all errors therein, brought to you courtesy of Lawrence of Cyberia.
Israeli Pilots Learn To Bomb Distant Targets.
The website defensenews.com reports that Israeli pilots have begun a training program to prepare for long-range bombing missions. The commander of an Israeli Air Wing that flies F-16I fighter-bombers said, "The IAF understands that the threats to our country have been becoming more and more serious of late. We must therefore take concrete measures to increase our combat radius."
The commander wished to remain anonymous, identifying himself only as the commander of Air Wing D. He explained that Israeli pilots are training harder for middle- and long-distance flights.
The interview with the Air Force officer was broadcast on Israeli State television. The commentator explained that the pilot had Iranian nuclear targets, such as the nuclear facility in Bushehr, in mind.
The Israelis already have experience attacking distant nuclear targets. On 07 June 1981, I.A.F. aircraft bombed the Osirak reactor, which was being built in the al-Tuwaitha nuclear center near Baghdad.
The Israelis insisted that Iraq was developing WMDs, which it intended to use against them. The U.N., with the support of many nations – including the U.S. – condemned the action.
Source - jewish.ru