August 16, 2016

THE ONLY EXISTENTIAL THREAT IS INTERNAL:

Why Israel won't admit success of nuke agreement (Akiva Eldar, August 16, 2016, Al Monitor)

An admission by the prime minister of Israel or the defense minister that they were wrong is not "a shock." It's an earthquake. Israeli recognition of the fact that Iran does not have the capacity to produce nuclear weapons is the sky falling on Israel's entire defense perception.

If Iran's nuclear threat has dissipated, why does Israel need the hundreds of nuclear bombs it has (according to foreign sources)? If there's no nuclear threat on the horizon, there's no need for nuclear deterrence. Why does Israel deserve to be the only country in the Middle East exempted by the United States from joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)? On the day Israel concedes its mistake regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran, what reason would the United States have for maintaining Israel's "qualitative military advantage" -- a laundered way of saying that it protects Israel's nuclear policy? Not only that, but if the threat has indeed been eradicated, as the president says, there's no reason to keep boycotting Iran.




Posted by at August 16, 2016 5:02 PM

  

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