Shimon Peres on Iran Nukes

by Michael Potemra


Shimon Peres, a peace-process veteran who is now president of Israel, is signaling the likelihood of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear-weapons capability. He says such an attack is “more and more likely,” and that “the intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn that Iran is ready to obtain the nuclear weapon.” Resort to war is a terrible option, of course, one that almost invariably leads to unintended consequences; but sometimes it is the very best of bad choices. I find Peres’s statement encouraging, for two reasons: 1) It demonstrates a conviction that it is not, after all, too late to prevent the nuclearization of the Iranian regime. 2) It indicates that it’s not just the Right in Israel, but that country’s broader culture, that takes the Iranian threat seriously and is willing to do what’s necessary to forestall it.

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