Nobody doubts Israel has nuclear and thermonuclear bombs. And it has the missiles to deliver them from land or submarine based launchers when needed. Moreover given the nature of the Arab or Persian mind and Israel’s past experiences with these people it needs such weapons defensively for its preservation. Moreover, everyone knows that had the US not helped Israel when Egypt was winning in 1973, Israel would have in the end used its nuclear weapons on Egypt. Israel has never denied this. There is no ambiguity or exceptionalism. The 1973 attack on Israel was the last one Israel will experience since the Arabs and the Persians came to fully understand the implications and stakes. The only discussion one might have is why Israel won’t comment on its nuclear capability even though all know it has such capability and a rough idea of the extent. I offer the thought that when Israel decided to go forward with the development of nuclear weapons it made an internal deal with itself to never comment. The only worthy debate is why Iran feels the need to have nuclear capability. What can it accomplish by having such weapons since it would never dare to attack Israel directly? It would be suicidal. What changes for Iran when it has nuclear weapons? What changes for Israel? What changes for the US? What changes for the world? I have never seen this discussed. Maybe Haaretz would do the world a favor by writing on that issue. I have my thoughts but will save them for now.
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from the article: Iran, six world powers set for high-stakes nuclear talks