Former Israeli Army Chief: Only Nuking Iran Can Halt Uranium Enrichment

Underground Site Can't Be Destroyed With Bunker Busters

Western officials familiar with the situation say that previous estimates on Iran’s Fordow enrichment site, underground near the major city of Qom, is a little more “underground” than anyone had anticipated, and that GBU-28 bunker-busters can’t destroy it.

Former Israeli Army Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, the only official quoted in the report, says that the site is totally immune from conventional attack and that “the only way to finish off Iran’s nuclear program is by using the nuclear option.”

Not that Halutz was endorsing nuking a site on the outskirts of a city of 1.5 million people. Rather, he expressed hope that Netanyahu was “not mad enough to think about it.” So far there has been no indication from sitting Israeli officials on that.

The revelation is going to make Israel’s push to war a lot harder, especially with the admission that Iran’s civilian enrichment program’s uranium has indeed been going to civilian purposes, and not military ones.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.