From 1981 until today, Israel has always done what it had to do to stop her enemies from acquiring nuclear weapons. While Israel tried to also stop Iran from going nuclear, former President Obama did not allow that to happen. Obama basically stopped Israel from saving the world from the Iranian nuclear threat, which still exists.
Israeli Defense Doctrine
The strike on the Iraqi reactor in 1981 was called Operation Opera, also known as Operation Babylon. It was a surpise attack that destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor under construction 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) southeast of Baghdad. Operation Opera established the Begin Doctrine, which explicitly stated that the strike was not an anomaly, but instead “a precedent for every future government in Israel.”
As we see today, Israel continues to implement that doctrine.
Unfortunately, due to heavy pressure from the Obama administration, Israel was not able to also bomb the Iranian nuclear reactor. Instead, Obama actually emboldened Iran with his Iran nuclear deal, that only delays the inevitable development of their nuclear capabilities. Unfortunately, saving the world from the threat of a nuclear Iran was not a priority of the Obama administration.
2007 Bombing of Syrian Reactor
It recently was the 10th anniversary of the Israeli bombing of the Syrian nuclear reactor. Surprisingly, Israel only confirmed a few weeks ago that it was responsible for the 2007 bombing.
The 2007 Syrian strike removed a major threat to Israel and the region and it was a message to others.
The Israeli military released newly declassified operational footage, photographs, and documents about the bombing. Also detailing the intelligence operation that led up to it.
“8 airplanes took off from the Ramon and Hatzerim airforce bases and flew to Deir al-Zor region, 450 km northwest of Damascus and dropped 18 tons of munitions”
“To some extent the insights and lessons drawn from that attack led us to develop plans to build up our strength so that we know today how to reach further, our munitions are more accurate and and penetrate deeper, and our crews are capable of carrying out even more complicated missions” Major General Amikam Norkin, Commander of the Israeli Air Force.
It all began in 1981 with the daring Israeli mission to bomb Iraq’s nuclear reactor.
Back in 1981 the world was furious at Israel for bombing the Iraqi nuclear reactor.
The United States immediately condemned the attack. A State Department spokesman denounced it as “a very serious development and a source of utmost concern.”
Can one imagine the Middle East had Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons?
Today world leaders are thankful that Israel removed the nuclear threat from Iraq.
Thankfully the world has now changed, and Israel is no longer afraid of the geopolitical consequences of taking responsibility for the recent bombings of Iranian positions in Syria. Israel can now return to saving the world.