Iran: July 11, 2004


conservatives who dominate the government. 

Israel is receiving two new F-16I fighter-bombers a month, and will eventually receive 110 of these new aircraft. Iran is bothered by this because the F-16I is capable of reaching Iran with smart bombs, and have electronic warfare equipment that can defeat Iranian air defenses. Iranian air force fighters are no match for the F-16Is. Israel has threatened to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities if it becomes apparent that Iran is going to build a nuclear weapon. Israel does not fear Iran building a nuclear weapon, and using a missile to fire it at Israel. No, Israel has always made it clear that it would retaliate with far more nuclear weapons and destroy Iran. What Israel fears is an Iranian nuclear weapon being given to terrorists, who would then smuggle it into Israel and detonate the "anonymous" nuke. This would be difficult, as Israeli border and port controls are strict. But it is the kind of terrorist nightmare that Israel has to deal with, and a bombing raid against


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