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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 11:49 AM
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11. Can Israel live with the Iranian bomb?
It may well be that Israel will have to get used to the idea of a nuclear Iran, and its public, raised on the notion that the IDF can solve anything, will need to undergo a profound change.

The IAEA report on Iran didnt bring any surprises, but it confirmed Israels and the Western Worlds fears: there can be no reasonable doubt that Iran is working actively towards the atomic bomb. Given Iranian regimes declared intention to destroy what its representatives tend to call the Zionist entity, it is clear that Israel feels threatened by the prospect of a nuclear Iran. Neither do Europe and the U.S. look forward to this eventuality, given Irans support for extremist groups and its sponsorship of terrorism.

There is no simple answer to what needs and what can be done. But the discussion in Israel has developed in an interesting direction. Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad, is certainly not a fainthearted man. He stayed in the job through three governments, and was known for planning daring operations.

Yet, briefly after his tenure was ended, he did something quite unusual: Dagan repeatedly stated publicly that attacking Iran would be a stupid idea for a number of reasons: It would lead to a regional war with uncontrollable consequences; it would not set back the Iranian atomic development significantly; and it would only increase Irans determination to go nuclear.
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