The British newspaper the Sunday Times has described just one of Israel Defense Force’s capabilities it would deploy during a military strike on Iran, electromagnetic pulses that would take the nation off grid.
As part of an assault on Iran’s quickly developing nuclear program, Israelis could fry the Islamic Republic's electric and electronic power sources which could "send Iran back to the Stone Age," according to ynewsnet.com.
American defense specialist Bill Gertz is quoted as saying that US intelligence agencies have reported “growing concerns that Israel will conduct a strike on Iran using a high-altitude nuclear burst aimed at disrupting all electronics in the country."
However, a pulse can also be produced by non-nuclear means, more specifically by deploying military versions of microwave generators.
Israel’s leaders are reportedly debating the merits and potential pitfalls of a swift strike against Iran's nuclear facilities as Iran nukes up.
Uzi Rubin, who helped engineer Israel’s anti-missile defense shield, is quoted in the newspaper as saying “the use of a nuclear device even for non-lethal use such as EMP is out of the question. There are methods to operate EMP from the ground.”