Could Israel knock out the Iranian nuclear weapons program? Much is made of the attack on Iraq’s nuclear program in 1981. This was a master piece of air war. But the challenges to the Israeli armed forces in attacking Iran’s program would be much greater. Things that make an attack on Iran’s nuclear program more difficult than the attack on Iraq’s in 1981 for the Israeli’s: 1. Distance, it is much further to Iran than it was to Iraq. 2. Area, Iran is much larger, almost 4 times larger than Iraq. That gives you more area to hide equipment in. 3.Iran is less distracted than Iraq was in 1981. In 1981 Iran and Iraq were at war, forcing Iraq to spread out its air defenses. 4. Preparedness, Iran has to know the Israeli’s are considering such an attack. I would think the nuclear sites have the highest air defense of any place in Iran. 5. Political atmosphere. Israel could expect more opposition from the Obama administration than it faced from Reagan administration. I am not considering the right or wrong of such and attack just the feasibility of it from a technical stand point.