Tehran’s Nuclear Program and Genocidal Threats to Israel: Where Should Israel Go From Here?
Iran’s nuclear weapons program remains a growing and potentially existential threat to Israel. Understood jurisprudentially, the threat is literally genocidal. This article establishes a strategic dialectic from which a suitable Israeli strategic doctrine could be derived and operationalized. Key issues discussed include a Palestinian state (in context of the socalled “Road Map”); enemy rationality; enhanced Israeli nuclear deterrence; counter-city versus counter-force nuclear targeting options; improved ballistic missile defense; the “Samson Option;” escalation dominance; and possible Israeli preemptions. The article concludes that Israel’s leaders should promptly recall that their country confronts a nuclearizing Iran within a still-anarchic, “Westphalian” system of international relations and international law. National survival in such an inherently self-help system will now require adequate and expanding military emphases on all forms of self-defense, including anticipatory self-defense.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Purdue University
Publication date: 2009-01-01
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