Originally Posted by Simon Willard
Can you describe this transformation in more detail? I mean, when the time comes that they have the capability, isn't it just a matter of Israelis deciding (as is their habit) that they won't be cowed by weapons which are never used? And that they (or someone else) will respond if weapons are used?
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.