(THE UNITED WEST) JUNE 7, 1981 – ISRAEL ATTACKS THE NUCLEAR REACTOR IN BAGHDAD. THE WORLD IS SHOCKED. THE WEST IS SAVED FROM A MADMAN WITH NUKES.
The highly complicated technical air attack, code name OPERA, was commanded by General David Ivry (ret). The United West had the unique opportunity to produce the documentary about this “Conductor,” one of Israel’s most significant, heroic leaders. This 15-minute trailer provides an overview of General Ivry’s story. With talents too many to mention this humble Israeli legend is the first to tell you that he was just doing his job and that the real credit for the successful attack is deserved by many others. We agree, it took many to succeed. We also know, that “but for” the leadership of General David Ivry, the Middle East, in fact, the world would be a much more dangerous place then how it stands today. Sit back, enjoy this fascinating look at an extremely important time in the history of Israel, America and the West. If you are interested in helping The United West in completing this very important documentary, please contact Tom@TheUnitedWest.org
MORE OPERATION:OPERA INFORMATION
Operation Opera (Hebrew: אופרה) was a surprise Israeli air strike carried out on 7 June 1981, which destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor under construction 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) southeast of Baghdad. Operation Opera, and related Israeli government statements following it, established the Begin Doctrine, which explicitly stated the strike was not an anomaly, but instead “a precedent for every future government in Israel.”
In 1976, Iraq purchased an “Osiris”-class nuclear reactor from France. While Iraq and France maintained that the reactor, named Osirak by the French, was intended for peaceful scientific research, the Israelis viewed the reactor with suspicion, and said that it was designed to make nuclear weapons. On 7 June 1981, a flight of Israeli Air Force F-16A fighter aircraft, with an escort of F-15As, bombed and heavily damaged the Osirak reactor, Israel claimed it acted in self-defense, and that the reactor had “less than a month to go” before “it might have become critical.”
The attack was strongly criticized around the world, including in the United States, and Israel was rebuked by the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly in two separate resolutions. Media reactions were no less negative: “Israel’s sneak attack … was an act of inexcusable and short-sighted aggression”, wrote the New York Times, while the Los Angeles Times called it “state-sponsored terrorism”. The destruction of Osirak has been cited as an example of a preventive strike in contemporary scholarship on international law.
Today, 2016, the Free World knows that the tiny country of Israel was absolutely correct in destroying the atomic bomb capability of Saddam Hussein. The moral of this story is that at times, “damn the critiques launch the F-16’s”
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