A Saturday afternoon report said that Israeli Air Force Commanding General Ido Nehushtan has declared the country’s forces ‘prepared’ at a moment’s notice to ‘halt’ Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium.
The claim, which was carried by Persian news network Press TV, was buried in paragraph eight. The network instead led with Israeli Prime Minister Olmert’s recent demand that US President-elect Barack Obama “face up to Iran” and force the country’s nuclear activities to a close.
The mention appeared to be a reference to a quote published in German newspaper Der Speigel, in which the general said, “We are ready to do whatever is demanded of us” to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“A strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities ‘is a political decision,’ the Jerusalem Post reported. “‘But if I understand it correctly, all options are on the table,'” the general said. “‘The Air Force is a very robust and flexible force. We are ready to do whatever is demanded of us.'”