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    • Michael
    • 02.11.11 | 18:07 (IST)

    nuclear arsenal in the world. No one knows exactly how many nuclear warheads the Israeli have, but it is estimated that they are right behind NK, US, and Russia. With a right-wing govt in charge, I would not be surprised if the Israeli govt resorted to using some of their nuclear arsenal, if pushed too far against the wall. Obviously that would be disastrous. If the did attack Iran, they would probably do so using conventional weapons - hellfire missiles, bunker buster bombs, etc. - but if they was a counter-attack by many Arab state, and Israel had no choice, I could see them resorting to the use of nukes, which would be a lose-lose scenario for the whole world. There is a reason no country has dated to attack Israel - sure Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad and Hamas threaten and do shoot rockets into Israeli territory - the reason is that most regimes are truly afraid of Israel. Sure, in the public media you see Nasrallah and Hamas being all defiant and beating their chests, but I don't think these people are completely dumb. I think they realize how potent Israel can be. At the moment they are relying on Israel's restraint - obviously it would be bad PR for Israel to bunker buster all of Gaza or Lebanon, which they easily could - but I think they underestimate the current Israeli leadership. If pushed to far, the current leadership is hawkish enough (IMO), and has a strong support from the small albeit very vocal Israeli right, to make Operation Cast Lead look like a Sunday stroll through the park. There is a reason why no one messes with North Korea. Kim Jong is crazy enough that he would obliterate the world 100 times over.

    from the article: Iran military head warns of 'heavy damage' should Israel attack
    First published 12:21 02.11.11 | Last updated 22:14 02.11.11
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