Iran Can Still Be Stopped

March 23 2015

In the past few years, various experts on nuclear weapons and military matters have declared that attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities will do little to prevent the Islamic Republic from producing atomic bombs; even if successful, they claim, such strikes will only turn back the clock a few years. Lee Smith argues that there is much evidence to the contrary:

[Building a bomb requires] not only the facilities, equipment, and personnel necessary to run a nuclear-weapons program, but also . . . [a] nation’s industrial and technological culture, its economy, and perhaps most important the society that produces them. The Islamic Republic of Iran comes up short in all these vital areas. And that’s why it has taken Tehran 25 years to buy, steal, and smuggle a nuclear-weapons program from the outside world. The notion that it would take Iran only two to three years to restore a program it has taken more than two decades and tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars to build does not add up.

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More about: Barack Obama, Iranian nuclear program, Nuclear proliferation, Politics & Current Affairs, Technology

What to Expect from the Israeli Election

Sept. 16 2019

Tomorrow Israelis go to the polls for the second election of 2019, in which the two main contenders will be the Likud, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, and the centrist Blue and White, led by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid. Neither party is likely to have an easy path to forming the 61-seat Knesset majority needed to form a government, a reality that has affected both parties’ campaigns. Haviv Rettig Gur explains how the anomalous political situation has led to something very different from the contest between left-wing and right-wing “blocs” of parties predicted by most analysts, and examines the various possible outcomes:

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More about: Avigdor Liberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli Election 2019, Israeli politics