According to a report from Israel’s Channel 12, the Israeli government approved a $1.5 billion budget to prepare for a potential attack on Iran.
The extra funds would be used to purchase additional aircraft, surveillance drones, and the munitions needed to strike Iran’s underground nuclear facilities. The report said about $620 million would come from the 2022 military budget, and the rest of the funds would come from this year’s budget.
For years, Israel has been seeking bunker-busting bombs that could penetrate Iran’s underground facilities. If they did acquire the munitions, Israel would also need bombers capable of carrying them, something it currently doesn’t have. The US tested a new 5,000-pound bunker buster earlier this month, which Israeli media interpreted as a possible message to Iran.
In July, it was reported that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) requested additional funds for next year’s budget to prepare for operations against Iran. Throughout the year, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi has repeatedly said the IDF is “accelerating” plans to strike Iran, and Israeli politicians have constantly been threatening the Islamic Republic.
Israel frequently carries out covert attacks against Iran’s civilian nuclear program, but the IDF planning suggests an overt operation could happen in the future. The US has joined Israel in issuing threats against Iran. Last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken hinted at military action against Iran alongside Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. Blinken said if diplomacy with Iran fails, the US will turn to “other options.”
Lapid made clear that one of Blinken’s “options” was military action. “I would like to start by repeating what the Secretary of State just said. Yes, other options are going to be on the table if diplomacy fails. And by saying other options, I think everybody understands here … what is it that we mean,” Lapid said.
106 thoughts on “Report: Israel Approves $1.5 Billion Budget for Potential Attack on Iran”
The bill will straight away be passed to Congress . Happy ending
Well, the Senate just approved $29 billion MORE for the military industrial complex. Generals will get more stars. More will die over there. Glorious!
Indeed. Within a few days we should hear about a bill being proposed that calls for, miraculously, $1.5 billion right on the head.
yup, everyone gets a payday
American Bombs Aircraft Money and Political cover, Washington might as well just drop the bombs themselves.
Agree Pat…in the end, who will be footing the bill? The clueless Amerikkka taxpayer.
Get ready for WWlll and enjoy the pretty mushroom clouds.
$1.5 billion won’t even pay for the clean up of Damona, mush less for the war that caused it’s destruction.
Stuff like this makes.me really ashamed to be an American. Getting harder and much harder to think of things the U.S has done lately that make me proud of being an American citizen. We just seem doomed to doing awful things & worse to other people and countries. I guess it’s the “Power corrupts & absolute power corrupts absolutely” Now is not the time to be stealing from the Afghans. It’s just terrible wrong to seal from people, but far worse to steal from them when they are already suffering economic privation.
If Israel plans to start a real hot war with Iran, then they need to find another country to steal.
And move there, fast.
Israel will lose a war with Iran in a hot minute now that China has joined the fray. Everyone loathes them so much that the place will be leveled – then we get to have whatever detritus is left move here.
Israelis are really stupid and corrupt (as are the Australians) to proffer themselves up as the next world war theatre.
Israel should never have accepted the role as a battering ram for US policy in the Mideast – but they thought they could take the money (and get away w/ “israeling” ) israelis gotta be israeling doncha know….
Israel will lose and will nuke as much of the Eastern Hemisphere as they can as they do.
“We have the capability to take the world down with us and I assure you that will happen before Israel goes under.”
~ Martin van Creveld, Israeli historian. In the name of fairness, this quote in context in the interview given is not a personal threat from the professor, but a scenario he laments and fears.
thanks to LBJ – how no one ever puts together the pieces
Israel will attack Iran (counting on America to do the heavy lifting – which it won’t) – and Iran will then invade Israel and start whipping butt – Israel will panic and drop nukes on Iran – and then, Israel will realize that they will have to live in their own radiactive environment and insist upon being allowed to move to America. It is so predictable.
Israel has been threatening to attack Iran for decades at this point. As insane as they are, most military and political figures know that would ignite a powder keg of Shia rage and would unleash the ballistic and unguided missile arsenals of both Iran and Hezbollah. Iron dome would be swamped. Hopefully, as they have for decades, cooler heads will continue to prevail. But that’s the thing about powder kegs, of course….
probably enough to bribe US politicians.
The Americans are Israel’s own helots.
Useful idiots is more fitting for American zionists.
My comment describing American Zionists as “useful id***ts” has apparently been deleted.
The moderator must be a very thin skinned.
A website discussing Israel starting wars, but can’t use a such a mild derogatory term for American Zionist that support those wars?
Edit: The comment was finally approved below. As you can see, Disqus is programmed to be extremely sensitive to any comment critical of Zionism.
I think your remark to be a very adequate description with regard to the issue.
Where is freedom of speech which is a constitutional right? The United States citizens are treated a second class to that afforded Israel.
How thick or thin the moderator’s skin is is irrelevant. Your comment was automatically held for moderation by Disqus, for reasons that were not obvious and don’t seem to have anything to do with Antiwar.com’s rules, and was therefore approved the next time I came in to check the moderation queue.
I wasn’t wrong about what I said. Maybe not with his comment but they do send any comment with those words to moderation. Even is they aren’t derogatory.
Correct. Those words go to moderation, because if they don’t it takes about a day for the site to be full of Stormfront-type crap, which the site doesn’t want and which it’s my job to keep off.
Attempts to get around the guidelines with e.g. asterisks may work at stopping the comment from going to moderation. Attempts to get around the guidelines are, likewise, violations of the guidelines. People who make a habit of violating the guidelines get banned.
I understand that. I use asterisks to keep the conversation going. If a comment sits in moderation to long it sometimes loses it’s effectiveness or seems out of place when it eventually gets posted. And I hope you noticed that every time I have used asterisks there was no antisemitism involved with my comment because I don’t play that game. My problem has always been with countries governments and not their ethnicity or their religious beliefs.
It’s not complicated. If you use asterisks to get around moderation you will be banned, full stop.
So. if we can not use certain unlisted words, or special characters in place of letters in those words, how are we to ever ask what words are forbidden or warn others of forbidden words as wars r u.s. attempted to do with his first post that is now missing?
We supposed to guess at what words are forbidden and self censor, or accidently post some and get banned?
You will ban us for certain words, but neither you nor other commenters can tell us what those words are.
Sounds like CCP or Soviet style suppression of free speech.
No, you will not be “banned for certain words.”
Certain words will cause your comments to be held for moderation, because those certain words commonly appear in guidelines-violating material. If the comments don’t violate our guidelines, those comments get released from moderation.
It only “sounds like CCP or Soviet style suppression of free speech” to those who think that other people’s sites belong to them.
You don’t have to like it. That’s how it is whether you like it or not.
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“As you can see, Disqus is programmed to be extremely sensitive to any comment critical of Zionism.”
Logic’s not your strong suit, is it?
You wrote this :
So, I wrote this:
That is a valid deduction and completely consistent with so many people’s experiences with Disqus concerning Israel and Zionism comments.
Why do you even bother commenting? Going through your post history, it is clear you post to argue, annoy and sometimes insult the commenters here and other sites.
If you weren’t the moderator, then another more professional moderator would have kicked you off long ago.
“That is a valid deduction”
No, it’s a non sequitur.
I bother commenting because I like to comment.
As for arguing, annoying, and sometimes insulting, I’m not the one with a “Toxic” label on my profile from Disqus, you are. And that probably has something to do with why Disqus sometimes picks your comments out for moderation holds for reasons that aren’t obvious. Quite a few people comment on Zionism and Israel here without ever ending up in a moderation hold.
I think Thomas is fair. I’ve never seen him violate the guidelines so he’s not being hypocritical when he calls out others. Plus he gives plenty of warnings. He gives people shit sometimes with smart ass comments but you can give him shit back on those occasions and he takes it.
As usual, this is all scam talk to milk the money from the stupid US politicians for other reasons. Israel does not dare to openly attack Iran… They prefer covert ops…!
Don’t be too sure. Israel is openly attacking Syria, Lebanon.
You’re comparing apples and oranges…!
There is a rogue nuclear armed terrorist state in the Middle East. It is not Iran.
That terrorist state is protected by the entire US congress, Whit House, the entire cabinet, Wall Street,banking system, and of course all religious outfits. Nothing can challenge it
clean up your own house first-free the untouchables!
So just because he is a Hindu he cannot be anything other than an Indian citizen? No wonder u support apartheid Israel
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.I deplore anyone being abused.
Um… .then u r antisemite as if u live by that code u r anti Israel and as such…u r a racist hateful bigot🙃
I have no problem with semitic people of whatever backround. Wrote sentences that make sense.
rogue in what way?
Rogue as in it has an undisclosed nuclear weapons stockpile. Rogue in that it is the only state stopping a nuclear weapons-free zone from being declared in the Middle East. Rogue as in it has illegally occupied the West Bank for decades while colonizing that occupied land against international law.
What obligation does a country have to discuss its weaponry? Where did you get this absurd idea?When has international law protected Israel-never.
Unless you are Iran of course.
I’m not going to take this bullshit. Thomas Knapp might as well ban me right now. My problem with the little parasite has nothing to do with whether they are Jews or not. My problem, just like with any other country, is with their government. I’ll even make a fucking list for that peanut sized brain of yours:
Brutalizing Palestinians(especially children)or do I repeat myself?
Murdering nuclear scientists.
Sabotaging nuclear facilities.
Bombing Syria with impunity.
Attacking Iranian oil tankers with impunity.
The Samson Option.
I could go on but I proved my point. So you can try to play your bullshit anti-Semite card but it isn’t going to work with me.
Edit: I did not make this comment in reply to “HA”. It was edited AFTER I made my comment.
Why would I ban you? Nothing in your post violates Antiwar.com’s guidelines, and enforcing those guidelines is the only reason I’ll ban someone. And even on that, there’s one guidelines provision (“personal abuse of Antiwar.com’s writers and staff”) that I decline to enforce vis a vis myself.
When it has threatened to attack Iran over a nuclear program they know has no military dimension. It is the height of hypocrisy.
As Israel is the state violating– for decades– international law by colonizing militarily conquered territory, your complaint about Israel not being protected by international law is laughable.
Also, Israel does not even need international law to protect it. That protection is provided by the ultimate loophole, the United States Security Council veto power. Israel will never be held accountable for its behavior.
International law and the UN had a chance to prevent the 1967 war. The UN and lawyers stood by. How many times did the USSR veto anti terrorist resolutions?
Note your failure to acknowledge that Israel is colonizing militarily conquered land against international law or Israel’s hypocrisy in threatening iran and complaining about their nuclear program while they are the country with the undeclared nuclear stockpile
Only Iran will use their nukes as a cover for guerrilla war and rocket attacks.their thug armies train around a mock up of Jerusalem.
For literally decades now, neocon war hawks in America and Israel have engaged in hysterics over the Iranian nuclear program. For decades, it has been claimed that Iran will produce a nuke within a year. This warmongering propaganda is really stale. The Iranian nuclear program has no military dimension. Especially under the inspections regime of the JCPOA, there was no way any such pursuit could occur without immediate detection. The only evidence ever provided of such a pursuit was a laptop traced back to Mossad. It is strongly urged that you remain in reality if you’re going to comment on reality.
In oh so many ways Jake, that even sub human intelligence can comprehend the truth. The rogue nuclear entity practises apartheid, genocide & infantic- ide as an ongoing continuem. Do you want few more items which fall under the ruberic of rogue state actions and state policy Jake???
Rogue nuclear state-who is complaining about Chinese nukes-good for the goose,good for the gander!
Israel leaches in order to avoid joy from cooperation, it chooses instead to cause endless pain and suffering and anguish, Why do Israelis grovel so low? And why are US citizens their enablers?
Because good Christians pounded the dignity out of them for 2,000 years.
Israelis are one subject. In my mind; Assassinated Jewish leaders of the fast-paced Russian evolution did not grovel or lose dignity before Hitler’s military insanity. Stalin was a traitor to everyone.
You created them, now live with them.
$1.5bn won’t get you very far in modern warfare.
It can make the first strikes, starting something for the Americans to finish.
I think they’re worried that Biden won’t follow up the way they need him to
Israel, helped by the USA, is the aggressor, but its paranoia and influence allow it to keep on with the threats , while Iran has NO NUKES and attacks nobody.
It is Iran who first spoke of destroying Israel, and Iran who has its proxy army in Lebanon.
Good answer. Doesn’t at all address Israel’s aggression but that’s how you roll.
Wars, I blocked that little nimrod some time ago. He’s either a paid hasbarist, or a few pickles short of a jar.
(He is aware of this and still responds to my posts, lol!)
At any rate, I don’t waste my time on subhumans who believe genocide and apartheid are just hunky-dory.
Hezbollah was created as a result of Israel attacking and occupying Lebanon.
He doesn’t seem to understand resistance groups. Everyone is a terrorist.
Give your home away to some native Americans when they call.You have revealed where you are coming from.
That makes no sense. And I haven’t revealed anything you little twit.
You were censored ! HA!
Not for what you are implying asshole.
“Cause missiles were flying in from Lebanon for quite a while.”Cause Lebanon housed terrorists killing Israeli citizens.
And kicked Israhell’s ass 😆
“feigned paranoia” There, fixed it for you.
Israhell and it’s enablers scream bloody murder anytime the “Jewish State” is taken to task, screeching “ANTISEMITISM!” When in fact their actions will indeed result in real and true antisemitism.
No one likes a warmongering, genocidal and apartheid nation with ahem, the exception of Amerikkka.
Ireland admitted no Jewish refugees during WW2.
the Irish saved civilization
How so? By monks studying fine, or by inhumanity?
lets be clear, Israel is completely out of control with apartheid, race superiority, attacking neighbors to steal (med gas, water, land). Many people and ethnic groups got slammed in the war – they were not the only victims.
WWII was a horror and since Israel was supposedly founded to heal the savagery we descended into they should have upheld the mandate, not opportunistically repeat the crimes
Let us be clear-Ireland admitted Christian refugees, but not Jewish ones
The US can now reduce its military subsidy to Israel by this much. Better yet, by twice this much.
That is what the US would do if it did not want Israel to start a war with Iran. But the Blob does want that.
Time for the Russians to supply Iran with the S400
“The extra funds would be used to purchase additional aircraft, surveillance drones, and the munitions needed to strike Iran’s underground nuclear facilities.”
“If they did acquire the munitions, Israel would also need bombers capable of carrying them, something it currently doesn’t have.”
They say they want to use the extra funds to buy “munitions needed to strike Iran’s underground facilities”. But the extra funds list doesn’t include “bombers capable of carrying them”. Pretty cocky wasting “extra” funds on munitions that you can’t deliver to their target. I can hear the sucking sounds of the parasite.
Fighter bombers can be refueled in mid air to to the job, but still a mess.
I want Apocalypse. I want evilness uncovered.
Let me assume Israel knows what it is doing. The logic escapes me. One theory — Israel is getting frustrated with US bold talk, but clearly no action.
That is just one, visible layer.
More importantly , why would Israel
want war? What is possible benefit?
Is Israel afraid of Iran? Ir is it exaggerating the threat due to guilty conscience and no friends and allies? What if Iran takes this seriously? They have their loved ones who may be concerned and afraid?
Still no closer to answer. Do not accept that Israel is afraid of Iran’s bomb. Is the fear more long term, a definite end to expansion? Or is it the old fashioned need for war to creatively destroy economic order, as the anticipated growth model income cannot materialize? Already frayed supply chains, tariff induced price rise, energy shortages, etc are straining status who. These issues may weigh heavily in both countries minds,
Whatever it is — it is predicated on Iran staying cool. And this is likely true, Neither China nor Russia would allow it. Israel is thoroughly isolated — UAE does not count.
Yet, what is the point of bluster.
Russia would support its own MIC by selling weapons, bluster, and concentrate on Asia.
You make an assumption: That Israel will act rationally.
Their history has shown that assumption false and it appears Israel is run by psychopathic religious zealots.
They can display impressive criminal cunning, but I have never seen rational behavior from them since 1948.
Yes, before 1948 they laid down and died because they were defenseless.
Israel is worlds 7th largest seller o military arms worth hundreds of billions yearlyand yet the US 5 years ago loaned gave Isral that came out to Round 35,000 for every Israli..
We know Israel will eventually attack Iran, and will easily defeat it.
NY this set aside and knowing Dann well US will aid in such an attack just jprd the timeline a lot closer.
aIPAC must be real busy handing out the billions we give them to all our elected officoials.
There will be no “easy defeat”-war is unpredictable.
. asy to start a war, hard to stop.
NOt saying Iran will not put up a great fight,
It has enough conventional arms tobcause serious damage to Israel/US allies nearby but it’s whole defensive strategy rest only on that.
It’s strategy is not protracted or limited conflict but a full on go until go no mre response towards any attacker..
Would not be pretty nightcap by boobs for bombs US and Israel because the air will be filled instantly. Every plane in boats on attack, alluntil they run out of armaments, and then their ground forces which will be widely dispersed and with semi autonomous officers.
It is doubtfully if Israel alone could destroy Iran’s government, and they do not have enough men and marweials to put boots on b ground occupationtroop.
WILL NOT DO AS Syria and Iraq, run from fights, leaving untrained poorly armed civilian malitia to do fighting. No there will benaround 600,000bhome guards trained as shock troopbandbthen arugula branches of well trained and fanatical loyal sovereign troop.
Deaths mean nothing to people with a long term apocalyptic world few and deep well provisioned bunkers for themselves and their families
“The extra funds would be used to purchase additional aircraft, surveillance drones, and the munitions needed to strike Iran’s underground nuclear facilities.” This is what it is about: Buy bombs and planes from USA. Use them at your own risk. How likely is it that Israel will fly across Syria plus Iraq in order to plop multi million dollar bunker busting bombs into mountains of Iran? Go ahead. See what happens.
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