Originally Posted by whburgess
No one, with capability, has ever threatened Israel with nuclear annihilation before. I don't think history has anything to say on such an unprecedented situation. They can't just decide they won't be cowed. They'd have to consider much more carefully the demands of Iran's proxies, HAMAS and Hezbollah, who I think would be much more likely to be the delivery system for an Iranian nuke.
My argument is that no one should, and Israel will not, be pushed around by threats of annihilation when it is clear who the aggressor is. It's sort of like "Buy this magazine or we'll shoot this dog". If they want to shoot the dog, they can shoot the dog, but the consequences will be severe for everyone in the middle east. It will not be a victory for Iran, HAMAS or Hezbollah.
The much larger concern is loose nukes that show up without a clear return address. That's why I argue that concern about Iran is unrelated to Israel.