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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 87-110
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-11
Open Access
No
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