How completely disengenuous of Basil to state that Iran would never attack Israel with nuclear weapons because of Islam's third holiest shrine, the al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem. A nuclear strike on Israel's coastal plain (where "only" 80% of all Israelis live and work) would cause utter devastation without so much as chipping a dome tile on al-Aksa or the Dome of the Rock. What Basil knows very well is that, beyond the danger of a nuclear attack, nuclear blackmail (change this policy, evacuate these cities, or dissolve altogether) would likely be the scenario Israel would face with an Iranian nuke. Regarding the US's use of the bomb at the end of World War II, without passing judgment on whether it was morally right or not, the US believed that such an extreme measure would bring an end to a war that would otherwise continue to take a terrible toll in human lives. Iran's beef with Israel is its very existence. Unless we move beyond simplistic analyses, we will never understand how to bring peace to the region.
U.S. sanctions Russia's state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport (Reuters)
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