World press on possible Israeli strike on Iran (June 2, 2013)
The Jerusalem Post published an article by Yaakav Lappin devoted to the possible Israeli strike on Iran. "An Israeli nuclear expert has challenged claims by an Iranian-American philanthropist and industrialist that a military strike on Iran will lead to an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe," the article begins.
The author cites Ephraim Asculai, a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, as saying that the rubble produced by air strikes, combined with the fact that the targeted facilities are underground, would minimize damage to the site’s surroundings.
“Although it is not possible to foresee the consequences of direct hits on Iranian underground facilities, it is reasonable to assess that either the underground facilities will be penetrated and exploded from within, or hit, and collapse into the inner cavities and turn into piles of rubble, or with their innards at least gravely harmed. These piles of rubble would act as filters, with their greater surface areas holding onto or reacting with the materials released within, and thus preventing the major contents from escaping to the atmosphere and causing grave environmental harm,” Asculai is quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post.
According to the Lappin, Asculai also challenged the idea that regime change in Iran should become the main strategy to solve the nuclear crisis.
“Not only could there be no guarantee of this change, but it could also be so delayed that it would give the present Iranian regime time to produce nuclear weapons that would be a game changer for all concerned," Lappin cites Asculai as saying.