This is nothing new. I believe that what's noteworthy is the sheer volume of such pronouncements lately coming from Israel. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has instructed the IDF to prepare for the possibility of a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities by the end of March 2006, the Sunday Times reported. According to the British newspaper said that the order was relayed to the army after intelligence officials warned the government that Iran has already activated uranium enrichment facilities hidden at civilian locations. ...defense officials told the British newspaper [the Times] that should the army's plan of attack be approved, Israel would make use of both air and ground forces in order to strike at several nuclear targets in a bid to hamper Iran's nuke program by several years. ... The Sunday Times estimated that elite IDF forces and F-15 fighter jets, which can reach Iran and return to Israel without refueling, will take part in a future strike. The emergence of an Iranian reconaissance satellite system, it is said, is adding urgency to the claimed need for an attack: âIf and when we launch an attack on several Iranian targets, the last thing we need is Iranian early warning received by satellite," the [Times] quoted the source as saying. "Report: Israel prepares to strike Iran" 11 December 2005 http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3182412,00.html It strikes me as peculiar that the article is so definite about the time deadline within which the attack must happen. I'd expect that to be a closely-guarded secret. I wonder whether this is an attempt to (i) get the Israeli public used to the idea that it's inevitable, or (ii) to stampede the Iranians into making the first move so that Israel can assume the posture of a victim of Iranian aggression, or (iii) both.