Israel is considering several attack scenarios against Iran, with its military saying it can act immediately if it receives the green light from the government.
According to Haaretz Wednesday, Israel allocated an additional $ 2.9 billion to its military budget for the sole purpose of attacking the Islamic Republic.
Military intelligence and more advanced cybersecurity systems for a more efficient target list, as well as the acquisition of new weapons and the conduct of air force exercises are some measures to better prepare for a possible attack on Iran.
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said that “the IDF’s maneuverability has improved dramatically, thanks to our ability to transfer quality intelligence to troops, increasing the number of armaments and of staff … “
In a document presented to political leaders, the IDF has prepared several scenarios with different targets, but stresses that it is not easy to assess how Tehran would react or to predict the outcome of attacks on the nuclear program. Iranian.
In their scenarios, Israel is also preparing to fight Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip as a consequence of the attack on Iran.
Israel is also spending nearly $ 300 million to build a fence along the Lebanese border that will include high-tech military equipment capable of thwarting any attempt to cross the border.
For the potential threats from the Gaza Strip, the military has taken a different approach. He said the current relative calm between Israel and Gaza is mainly a result of the transfer of civilian aid to residents of the enclave, adding that the IDF intends to allow even more goods to enter the coastal strip in the region. during the coming year.
The IDF has also broadened its talks with Hamas over the exchange of prisoners and the return of the bodies of Israeli soldiers held by the group.
On Tuesday evening, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz received Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at his home in Rosh Haayin, presumably to discuss the possible Palestinian response following an attack on Iran.
Israel is also increasing its military cooperation with Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece and some countries in the Persian Gulf, which could ensure greater legitimacy for an attack aimed at preventing Iran from building a nuclear bomb and containing its support for militant groups in the region. According to IDF estimates presented to the government, Iran can build a nuclear bomb in about two years.
To counter Iran’s growing arsenal of ballistic missiles, Israel also signed several contracts last year to improve its air defense system, already one of the best in the world.
The IDF has also increased the level of its attacks on Iran’s ammunition supplies to its proxy forces, the IDF claiming to have stopped around 70% of the flow of arms from Iran, Syria and Iraq to Lebanon.
The attacks likely hampered Iran transfer of complex weapons to his supporters because now Tehran has to make very small shipments, sometimes so small that they can be transferred by civilian air flights.
During its recent massive military exercises, Iran simulated an attack on Israel‘s Dimona nuclear reactor, which included the launch of 16 ballistic missiles and five suicide drones.
The Iranian military said the war games carried a stern warning to “threats by Zionist regime officials” while some in Iran believe they were intended give negotiating power to Iranian nuclear negotiators in Vienna.
Rhetoric has intensified between Iran and Israel in recent weeks as nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers resumed in Vienna. Israel has promised that if Iran’s nuclear program reaches a stage close to arms production, it will act independently of an agreement between world powers and Tehran.