Israel is preparing for military attacks on the ground in Iran, including sabotage and assassinations, after December, according the the French weekly Le Canard enchaîné, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.[1]  --  The speculative website Debka said the report might be “a red herring to disguise the impending attack's real nature” but added that “Le Canard Enchaîné is not alone in predicting an Israeli attack on Iran after December.  A former Israeli deputy defense minister, Efraim Sneh, commented to U.S. and British media several times in the past week that if the U.S. fails to rally fellow powers' support for toughened sanctions against Iran by Christmas, Israel will have to attack its nuclear installations. . . . Another sign of the growing military tensions surrounding the Iranian nuclear program was a phone conversation late Wednesday night between President Barack Obama and French President Nicola Sarkozy. . . . DEBKAfile's Washington sources report that Obama has decided to work with the French president for efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program.”[2]  --  COMMENT: Neither article noted that two years ago Le Canard enchaîné also reported “an Israeli-American plan of attack against Iran” about which Russia’s secret service informed Iran.[3]  --  Western and Israeli disinformation campaigns are so pervasive and sophisticated that it is impossible to know the significance of this latest report....


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‘ISRAEL MAY ATTACK IRAN AFTER DECEMBER’

By JPost.com

Jerusalem Post

October 15, 2009

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1255547721120


Israel is making preparations to carry out military attacks in Iran after December, a French magazine reported overnight Wednesday.

According to the report in Le Canard Enchaîné quoted by Israel Radio, Jerusalem has already ordered high-quality combat rations from a French food manufacturer for soldiers serving in élite units and has also asked reservists of these units staying abroad to return to Israel.

The magazine further reported that in a recent visit to France, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi told his French counterpart Jean-Louis Georgelin that Israel was not planning to bomb Iran, but might send élite troops to conduct activities on the ground there.

These, according to the magazine, could involve the sabotage of nuclear facilities as well as assassinations of top Iranian nuclear scientists.

Israel has recently toned down rhetoric against Iran so as not to hinder U.S. diplomatic efforts for Iranian transparency regarding its nuclear program, but neither Jerusalem nor Washington have so far made any unequivocal statements to the effect that the military option against Iran was no longer being considered.

Israel has maintained that it has the military capability to tackle Iran on its own if sanctions against the Islamic Republic prove ineffective.

Israel accuses Iran of seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.  Teheran maintains that its nuclear program is peaceful.

The Jerusalem Post could not confirm Le Canard Enchaîné's report.

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DEBKAfile special report

ISRAEL MAY ATTACK IRAN AFTER DECEMBER - LE CANARD ENCHAINE


Debka
October 15, 2009

http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=6321


According to an unconfirmed report in the French Le Canard Enchaîné of Wednesday, Oct. 14, Israel is preparing to bomb Iranian nuclear sites and pro-Iranian targets across the Middle East after December 2009.  The prestigious satirical weekly reports that the IDF has notified special forces reservists abroad to get ready to return home in November for immediate drafting to the military operation against Iranian nuclear facilities.  The weekly further reports Israel has ordered combat rations from a French firm for these reservists to stay on long-term missions far from home.

French military sources said that Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi met secretly in France with U.S. armed forces Chief of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and French Chief of Staff Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, to inform that Israel planned to attack Iran after December, when it became clear that the talks between the six powers and Tehran had failed to produce any benefit.

According to Le Canard Enchaîné, Ashkenazi said Israel would not attack Iran by air but rather use ground forces in coordinated operations on several Middle East fronts.

DEBKAfile's military sources add that if the information leaked to the newspaper from French joint staffs sources is correct -- and not a red herring to disguise the impending attack's real nature -- the IDF may be expected to branch out from Iran's nuclear facilities to target its allies too, such as Syrian air force and missile batteries, Hezbollah bases in Lebanon, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Le Canard Enchaîné is not alone in predicting an Israeli attack on Iran after December.  A former Israeli deputy defense minister, Efraim Sneh, commented to U.S. and British media several times in the past week that if the U.S. fails to rally fellow powers' support for toughened sanctions against Iran by Christmas, Israel will have to attack its nuclear installations.  It may be assumed that Sneh was not just guessing on his own initiative.

Another sign of the growing military tensions surrounding the Iranian nuclear program was a phone conversation late Wednesday night between President Barack Obama and French President Nicola Sarkozy.  The two discussed Iran.  After Hillary Clinton failed to swing Russian leaders round to supporting sanctions, when she visited Moscow Tuesday, DEBKAfile's Washington sources report that Obama has decided to work with the French president for efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program.

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[Translated from Radio-Canada.ca]

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WILL TEHRAN BE ATTACKED?


Radio Canada
September 27, 2007

http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2007/09/27/006-Iran-attaque.shtml


Le journal français Le Canard enchaîné affirme, dans son édition de mercredi, qu'il existerait un plan d'attaque israélo-américain contre l'Iran. Le journal indique que ce sont les services secrets russes qui ont découvert ce plan. Le président russe, Vladimir Poutine, aurait déjà informé les autorités iraniennes.

Dans un premier temps, l'aviation israélienne effectuerait des raids contre les sites nucléaires iraniens. Les avions-radars américains guideraient et protègeraient ces raids. Par la suite, l'aviation américaine prendrait le relai, selon les résultats obtenus, soutient le journal.

Les services secrets russes précisent même que les attaques auraient lieu entre la fin du ramadan, soit vers la mi-octobre, et le début de l'année 2008. Rappelons que le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a donné à la République islamique jusqu'à décembre 2007 pour qu'elle permette à l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique d'effectuer de nouveaux contrôles de ses sites nucléaires.

L'article du Canard enchaîné indique également que les services secrets français ont observé une importante livraison d'armes de Moscou à Téhéran. Il s'agirait de batteries de missiles antinavires, de missiles antiaériens et d'hélicoptères.

Toujours selon des sources des services secrets français cités par le journal, les avions-radars américains AWACS et des avions israéliens ont effectué plusieurs sorties à proximité des cibles iraniennes.

Le mystérieux raid israélien contre la Syrie, le 6 septembre dernier, pourrait être vu comme une répétition avant une éventuelle attaque contre l'Iran.

Le quotidien nationaliste panarabe Al-Qods Al-Arabi, édité à Londres, avait évoqué, il y a quelques jours, une attaque américaine contre l'Iran. Selon l'auteur de l'article, il existerait des indices qui laissent à penser que Téhéran sera la prochaine cible de Washington.

Parmi les indices avancés par l'auteur, le fait que George Bush ait utilisé les termes d'« holocauste nucléaire » est un avertissement à Téhéran pour qu'il cesse d'enrichir de l'uranium; la présence de Nicolas Sarkozy en tant que nouvel allié de Washington laisse la place laissée vacante par l'ex-premier ministre Tony Blair; enfin, la signature par l'Arabie saoudite d'un contrat de de quelque 5 milliards avec une société américaine pour entraîner et équiper quelque 35 000 hommes chargés de protéger les installations pétrolières saoudiennes.