What is at stake here is perception. Israeli leaders like Netanyahu will always frame issues within a framework of survival whether real or imagined. The problem for Netanyahu and his followers is that reason plays second fiddle to an overblown contrived anxiety. Also, Zionism has historically fed on the idea of a second Holocaust in the wake thereby justifying to itself all its violations of international law. The U.S. and Russia were capable of annihilating each other for decades and the potential exists even today. What makes Netanyahu believe with his massive nuclear arsenal and chemical weapons that Iran would dare to think about, even it had a nuclear arsenal, to attack Israel since Israel has the means with the backing of the U.S. to destroy Iran? Netanyahu behaves as though Israel does not have a nuclear deterrent---the world is not supposed to know about such deadly weapons in its possession---Right! Israel cannot cover its crimes against the Palestinian people by declaring a hypothetical to its survival.
Russian defense ministry: Plane sent to intercept U.S. plane near border on Friday (Reuters)
from the article: American Jews, embrace your dual loyalties