Prof. Shai Feldman
Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center and Co-Chair of the Crown-Belfer Middle East Project at the Harvard Kennedy School 

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Shlomo Brom
Former Head of Strategic Planning in the IDF’s Planning Branch. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv 

Amb. Shimon Stein
Former Deputy Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former Israeli Ambassador to Berlin. He is a Senior Research Fellow at INSS



What to do about Nuclearizing Iran? The Israeli Debate

Iran Nuclear Program

Shai Feldman, Shlomo Brom, and Shimon Stein
Middle East Brief 59, February 2012


The closing months of 2011 saw a sharpening of the debate in Israel over the implications of Iran’s nuclear efforts as well as the relative efficacy of different means for preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Given Iran’s geo-strategic position, there is much at stake in the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran, as well as in a military strike to prevent it from obtaining such weapons. This Brief is a clarification of the at times unstructured and polemical Israeli debate on both these issues. It first maps out this crucial debate by identifying some of its main issues, then systematically presents the various and contending arguments made regarding these key issues.   

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