"Gantz addressed a laundry list of regional security issues, including Iran, Gazan rockets, Hezbollah, Syria, Sinai and developments in the West Bank. He also apologized over the recent flag controversy at a ceremony ahead of Remembrance Day, and blasted proposed budget cuts to the Defense Ministry. Gantz told Israel Radio that Israel had the capabilities to strike Iranian nuclear targets on its own if no country came to its aid, and that intense, thorough discussions between the military and political leadership on the matter were ongoing. " Times of Israel
Benny Gantz has had an interesting career. He has had a variety of Ground and Air force assignments but seems to be basically a highly educated "grunt." That's good. He was the Israeli Defence Attache in Washington. In that job he would have had a great deal of association with US military and political people. I see that we gave him the Legion of Merit when he left, so he wasn't a lot of trouble while he was here. Gantz doesn't appear to be a pilot and is therefore probably immune from the Douhet Syndrome.
A knowledgeable Israeli told me recently that the IDF knows very well that it lacks the strength to make a thorough job of a set of destructive attacks on Iran's nuclear program. US reluctance to participate in such an effort is a big planning problem for them.
The difficulty for the Israelis lies in the judgment by US intelligence that there is no Iranian weapons program at present. This judgment has been clearly expressed by the DNI, James Clapper at public hearings. He probably does not like making such statements since they expose him to the kind of hostility that will undoubtedly be expressed here, but the collective judgment of the analysts cannot be ignored unless we want to re-impose Cheney's Rules.
Something to remember is that Israel's knowledge of such matters is largely based on what the US tells and shows them. They obviously draw different conclusions from the material. pl