Tel Aviv refuses to comment on a press TV report about Israeli warplanes conducting military drills in Iraq in preparation for attacking targets on Iran.
Earlier on Monday a source close to prominent Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sader's group said Israeli jet fighters had conducted drills at a military base in Iraq in order to strike targets inside Iran, the English-language Press TV reported.
According to the report a considerable number of Israeli warplanes, including F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, and KC-10 jet fighters, were seen at al-Asad base in Iraq.
A spokeswoman for Israel's army on Monday denied any knowledge of such a report and said that the military did not comment on operational matters, Reuters reported. Israeli leaders have not ruled out military action against Iran, the news agency added.
Based on the report Iraqi officials had not been notified of the exercises, which were conducted in collaboration with the US military.
Pentagon's Spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan also said there was no truth to the report.
National Union party Chairman MK Yaakov ("Ketzaleh") Katz pushed the envelope of official ambiguity Monday regarding Israel's offensive nuclear capabilities. MK Katz said that Israel has the ability to destroy enemies like Iran and Syria "in a second's time."
The statement is most likely a reference to military nuclear capabilities, which Israel has never officially admitted to possessing.
Speaking at a session of a Knesset lobby dedicated to teaching the lessons of the Holocaust, the fiery, Biblically-bearded MK Katz said the greatest revenge against the Germans, who desired to annihilate the Jewish people, is the Jewish nation's fertility and natural growth.
Ketzaleh opined that Israel should end the custom of bringing visiting heads of state to Holocaust memorial museum Yad VaShem. Such visits, he said, show the dignitaries a humiliating, Diaspora side of the Jewish nation.
Instead, he said, Israel should show visitors the pinnacles it has reached since the Holocaust and despite it.
"We must show them that we have the capability to destroy Iran within a second's time, and Syria in a minute's time, should they dare lift a hand to us," he said.
The Arab League has called for an end to Israel policy of ambiguity regarding its alleged stockpile of nuclear weapons.
The NU is not a member of the government coalition and MK Katz holds no government position. He is, however, a decorated Yom Kippur War hero who served in an elite IDF unit, as do his sons today.