Israel's Fight-or-Flight Response

A nuclear Iran may not be the biggest threat to Israel. Fear is a danger in and of itself.

Issue: Nov-Dec 2008

ISRAEL, OBSESSED with the prospect of nuclear weapons in the hands of the Iranian leadership, may inadvertently destroy itself-that is, cease to exist as a coherent Jewish state-without a single shot being fired or bomb blowing up. In particular, overwrought and underexamined fears that Iran simply might obtain a bomb could lead to substantial Jewish emigration from Israel. When this is coupled with the potentially disastrous consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran, there is a danger that Israel's future could be imperiled.

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