The lifting of arms embargo on Iran is sending the Middle East into a frenzied conventional arms race, reigniting decades-old concerns in Israel for its military edge over Arab states.
Yoel Guzansky worked on the Iran file in Israel’s National Security Council. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv.
Riyadh has good reason to be concerned about what the deal with Tehran will mean, and its response may not be good for regional stability.
Saudi Arabia and Israel are equally threatened by a nuclear deal with Iran. Which of their approaches to influencing U.S. decision makers is more likely to work?
Will Saudi Arabia really seek to acquire nuclear arms?
The president is projecting American power through diplomacy rather than military force, to the bewilderment of U.S. allies.
It is insufficient to consider Iran's rationality in terms of either yes or no. Rather, we must seek insight into Iranian nuclear decision making based on its own sense of rationality. This effort could help us identify essential preparations and arrangements on our part that are not yet being considered.
An American presence in the region is an Israeli interest of the first degree, and we must do everything in our power to maintain it.