In my opinion Israel is one of the least powerful nations on earth because it is surrounded by enemies and is highly dependent on other nations for its survival. Yes, it has nuclear capability but I think that those who think it will be allowed to use it (even by the US) are being naive. In terms of global and regional stability, Israel is simply not sufficiently important for the former to be threatened. The US would destroy Israel's nuclear arsenal rather then allow it to trigger what could be another massive war. Jews have endured a long history of persecution, displacement and genocide which is why nations help Israel to meet its securitty needs. But anyone who thinks that these same nations will impose no limits on Israel and that what Israel chooses to do is a cost it is always willing to bear is, in my opinion, very misguided.
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)