Israel and the U.S. Must Not Lose Sight of the Dangers of a Nuclear Iran

Near the end of last month, representatives from Germany, Britain, and France presented the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with evidence of the Islamic Republic’s progress toward building nuclear weapons. Many experts believe that the ayatollahs, if they so desired, could produce enough highly enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb in a week, and enough for twelve in five months. To Eran Lerman, a nuclear Iran is a greater threat to Israeli security than Iran-backed militias in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen:

Under these circumstances it is incumbent upon the Israeli leadership, as well as the intelligence community and the relevant parts of the defense and foreign-policy establishment, to ring the alarm bells and refocus attention (internally, in terms of tasks and resources, and internationally) on the challenge posed by the Iranian nuclear project.

Israel’s leadership must engage once again in generating the necessary legitimacy for action against Iran’s nuclear project—preferably [without direct military action], but violently if necessary. This can be done in conjunction with other concerned nations, but alone if necessary. The current level of readiness facing Hizballah in the north, and the growing signs of Lebanese reluctance to be drawn into an all-out destructive war, create a window of opportunity for such action in the coming weeks and months.

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More about: Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, U.S. Foreign policy


What Is the Biden Administration Thinking?

In the aftermath of the rescue of four Israeli hostages on Friday, John Podhoretz observes some “clarifying moments.” The third strikes me as the most important:

Clarifying Moment #3 came with the news that the Biden administration is still calling for negotiations leading to a ceasefire after, by my count, the seventh rejection of the same by Hamas since Bibi Netanyahu’s secret offer a couple of weeks ago. Secretary of State Blinken, a man who cannot say no, including when someone suggests it would be smart for him to play high-school guitar while Ukraine burns, will be back in the region for the eighth time to urge Hamas to accept the deal. Why is this clarifying? Because it now suggests, here and for all time, that the Biden team is stupid.

Supposedly the carrot the [White House] is dangling in the region is a tripartite security deal with Saudi Arabia and Israel. Which would, of course, be a good thing. But like the stupid people they are now proving to be, they seem not to understand the very thing that led the Saudis to view Israel as a potential ally more than a decade ago: the idea that Israel means business and does what it must to survive and built itself a tech sector the Saudis want to learn from. Allowing Hamas to survive, which is implicitly part of the big American deal, will not lead to normalization. The Saudis do not want an Iranian vassal state in Palestine. Their entire foreign-policy purpose is to counter Iran. I know that. You know that. Everybody in the world knows that. Even Tony Blinken’s guitar is gently weeping at his dangling a carrot to Israel and Saudi Arabia that neither wants, needs, nor will accept.

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More about: Antony Blinken, Gaza War 2023, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S.-Israel relationship