The Israeli military exercise consisted of more than 100 F-16 and F15 fighters, helicopters and refueling tankers, which flew over 900 miles (about the same distance to Iran) over the Mediterranean and Greece in the first week of June.
One Israeli goal, the Pentagon official said, was to practice flight tactics, aerial refueling and all other details of a possible strike against Iran’s nuclear installations and its long-range conventional missiles.
A second, the official said, was to send a clear message to the United States and other countries that Israel was prepared to act militarily if diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from producing bomb-grade uranium continued to falter.
“They wanted us to know, they wanted the Europeans to know, and they wanted the Iranians to know,” the Pentagon official said. “There’s a lot of signaling going on at different levels.”
Irancove @ June 20, 2008