- Israel Air Force Commander-in-Chief Major General Eliezer
Shakedi said Monday that Israel must be prepared for an air strike on Iran
in light of its nuclear activity.
- But in a meeting with reporters, Shakedi wouldn't say
whether he thought Israel was capable of carrying out such a mission alone,
as it did when it bombed an unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor near Baghdad
- When asked whether Israel has a plan for the Iranian
nuclear program, Shakedi replied, "You know that for obvious reasons,
I won't say even a word."
- But when asked whether he was confident the air force
could provide the answer to the Iranian threat, Shakedi replied, "I
must be prepared for everything."
- The Israeli air force commander also discussed the fluid
situation in neighboring Lebanon.
- The assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri
"can create a new picture in Lebanon," Shakedi said.
- With Syria, Hezbollah guerrillas and Hezbollah's Iranian
benefactors all operating in Lebanon, "we understand who has interests"
in Hariri being out of the picture, he said.
- Asked whether the IAF has changed its deployment since
the assassination, he replied, "Of course we won't let the other side
- "We have a job to protect the citizens of Israel,"
Shakedi said. "I hope that > there won't be a war - but you know,
no one knows."