Aggressors' intent has been made clear. So must Netanyahu's resolve and own nuclear means
The International Atomic Energy Agency is not especially worried about
Though supported by law, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu understands that the pre-emptive destruction of
Even a single nuclear missile that manages to penetrate Israeli defenses could kill very large numbers. In addition,
While the IAEA fiddles, Iran continues to augment its incendiary intent toward Israel with a corresponding military capacity. Left to violate Non-Proliferation Treaty rules with effective impunity,
In the end,
A nuclear war in the
Nuclear war-fighting strategies are called "counterforce" strategies. These are systems of deterrence wherein a country primarily targets its strategic nuclear weapons on the other side's major weapon systems, and on that state's supporting military assets.
There are serious survival consequences for choosing one strategy over the other.
Should Israeli planners assume that an enemy country "going nuclear" is apt to strike first, and to hold some measure of nuclear firepower in reserve, Israeli counterforce-targeted warheads could elicit damage-limiting benefits. Here, counterforce operations could appear to serve both an Israeli non-nuclear pre-emption, or, should
Notwithstanding IAEA assurances, the world has turned a blind eye to
No country can be required to become complicit in its own annihilation. Without a prompt change in the "civilized world's" appeasing attitude toward
Louis René Beres is a professor of political science at
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