Writing in Foreign Affairs, NPIHP partner Dima Adamsky explores a variety of possible Israeli responses to the advent of a nuclear armed Iran.
Drawing upon his extensive research on Israeli strategic culture, Adamsky suggests that "three schools of thought might emerge within the Israeli defense establishment the day after Iran crosses the nuclear threshold. The first school would likely see a nuclear Iran as a cold-mindedly pragmatic country, which represents the ultimate strategic challenge. The second school would likely perceive a nuclear Iran as a reckless, irrational regime, which constitutes a fully materialized existential threat. The third--and smallest--school would likely see an opportunity for reconciliation through mutual disarmament."
Adamsky's Israel-focused response contribution--prompted by an earlier article on how the US should respond to "The Dangers of a Nuclear Iran" by Eric Edelman, Andrew Krepinevich and Evan Braden Montgomery--is printed in the March/April 2011 issue of Foreign Affairs.
Dima Adamsky is an assistant professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and author of The Culture of Military Innovation.