Israel faces Turkey airfield question on Iran issue
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
As Israel prepares for a possible attack on Iran, its ability to strike the Islamic republic might be hampered by an inability to use airfields in countries like Turkey and Jordan, according to Associated Press.
AP said the risk of an attack is at a 20-year high – causing worry among U.S. officials who have been working to prevent such a raid – but the U.S. news agency also doubted Israel’s logistic capability.
Israel possesses enough weaponry, including U.S.-made, state-of-the-art fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles and nuclear weapons, but potential burdens of such an array of available tools remains questionable, AP said, adding that airfields located in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria were essential for Israeli aircraft but that it was unlikely these countries would provide permission for Tel Aviv to use their airfields.
Despite these difficulties, Iran’s aerial defense is weaker and unable to match Israel’s defense capabilities, AP reported.
The possibility of attack has caused apprehension in the world’s capitals and stock markets.