Jerusalem – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met on Friday in the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem with the retired Air Force Colonel Aviam Sela. The fact of the meeting was kept off of the prime minister’s official timetable, and his aides tried to downplay its importance. With that having been said, the fact that the meeting was held was confirmed in response to a question that was submitted by the Israeli Ma’ariv newspaper.
Retired Col. Aviam Sela was the person who planned Operation Opera, the operation in which the IAF bombed the nuclear reactor in Osirak, Iraq, in June 1981. He is considered to be the person who conceived of the idea of mid-flight refueling for combat planes. Col. Sela was marked as a future commander of the IAF but his career was derailed after he got into trouble with the Jonathan Pollard affair.
The assessment is that Mr. Olmert wanted to hear from Col. Sela what he thought about the feasibility of an Israeli attack on Iran, in the wake of the reports about a large-scale Israeli aerial exercise that was carried out in the Mediterranean Sea.
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