Israel strikes Isfahan

Reports overnight indicate that Israel struck a military base in Isfahan from which Iran launched drones against Israel in last weekend’s massive Iranian attack. The Times of Israel story is posted here. The attack is described as “limited.” Reliable information about the attack is itself “limited.”

There was a message or two or three in the attack. Yonah Jeremy Bob makes this point at the Jerusalem Post in his a href=”https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/attack-on-iran-next-to-nuclear-site-sends-message-we-could-have-done-worse-here-analysis-797899″>analysis of the attack:

Sources have confirmed to the Jerusalem Post that the attack on Iran at Isfahan, attributed by sources in the New York Times to Israel, hit Iranian air force assets at Isfahan, almost right next door to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear site in the same area.

The message was unmistakable, ‘we chose not to hit your nuclear sites this time, but we could have done worse right here,’ sources told the Post.

In other words, the attack at Isfahan was designed not only to hurt Iran but also to make it eminently clear how vulnerable to attack its nuclear sites are.

Long-range missiles from aircraft were used to avoid Tehran’s radar detection capabilities.

This could be done again at any time.

Over at X Gabriel Noronha has posted an analytical thread that begins and ends with the following tweets.

While Israel seeks to restore deterrence, Iran holds Hezbollah’s vast store of missiles in reserve to Israel’s immediate north.

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