The Logic and Illogic of an Israeli Unilateral Preventive Strike on Iran
Abstract:The Israeli political leadership has invested massively in preparing a credible preventive strike option on Iran's nuclear program. The article assesses this option in the context of Israel's operational acumen and strategic preferences. It points out to a critical gap between the capacity to achieve the operational objectives and the strategic utility of a preventive strike. It then discusses the logical fallacies underlying Israeli leaders' explanations of how this gap would be overcome, assessing the potential downsides of a strike.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2017-12-01
The Middle East Institute has published The Middle East Journal quarterly since 1947. The Journal provides original and objective research and analysis, as well as source material, on the area from Morocco to Pakistan and including Central Asia. The Journal provides the background necessary for an understanding and appreciation of the region's political and economic development, cultural heritage, ethnic and religious diversity.
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