Report: Arutz Sheva Op-Ed Triggered U.S. Worries on Iran EMP Strike


iran-missileAn August 6 opinion article by Dr. Joe Tuzara on Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) regarding Israel’s possible use of an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) bomb against Iran has triggered a chain reaction, allegedly influencing U.S. intelligence sources who have since been quoted in several publications, including the New York Post. The latest in the chain of news outlets to quote the report is the London Sunday Times.

The intelligence sources reportedly believe that the Arutz Sheva article was more than an innocent op-ed by a physician, and that it “reflects official Israeli government thinking about a possible preemptive response to Iran’s expected emergence as a nuclear weapons state in the near future.” This, according to the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, who reported on the U.S. intelligence agencies’ concerns August 29.

“It was the first time the issue of a nuclear EMP attack by Israel had appeared in a mainstream Israeli press outlet,” wrote the Beacon.

“U.S. officials also suspect the article was written by someone in the Israeli government who favors such a strike. Another theory among analysts is that the Israeli government, at a minimum, encouraged publication of the article,” it reported.

“If Israel chooses one of its Jericho III missiles to detonate a single EMP warhead at high altitude over north central Iran, there will be no blast or radiation effects on the ground,” Dr. Tuzara wrote in his original article.

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  1. Oh, please. A high altitude nuclear EMP attack over Iran would have just as devastating an effect on Israel as on Iran.

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

  2. Dr. Tuzara discusses EMP in conjuction with other military approaches including cyber attacks and conventional hardware. Additionally numerous other proven next-generation military technologies exist that could be used as well. I follow his column since it offers a balanced approach. During the Cold War, we feared the former Soviet Union, a nation comparable in military power to the U.S, that made sense. Iran, even considering it’s rogue state mentality, represents a serious but over-rated threat, that when absolutely necessary will easily be addressed.