The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack
against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by
threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their
targets in Iran.
Following Obama's threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.
According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the
decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had
discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks
over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that
regard behind Israel's back.
The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties
with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of
State John Kerry, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the
Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
Al-Jarida quoted "well-placed" sources as saying that
Netanyahu, along with Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, and then-Foreign
Minister Avigdor Liberman, had decided to carry out airstrikes against
Iran's nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.
According to the report, “Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after
four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army's chief of staff,
Benny Gantz, to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran's nuclear
program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever
they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White
House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel's
The sources added that Gantz and his commanders prepared the
requested plan and that Israeli fighter jets trained for several weeks
in order to make sure the plans would work successfully. Israeli fighter
jets reportedly even carried out experimental flights in Iran's
airspace after they managed to break through radars.