Why Israel May Believe It Must Take Unilateral Action on Iran

Last week's London Sunday Times exposé "Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran" has set the media buzzing. Given the probable source for the thrust of the article -- the senior Israeli military -- this is not surprising. But what underlies the furor is the disconcerting reality and approaching menace of the first "in anger" nuclear strike since 1945.

The Sunday Times article itself was almost a re-run of the paper's March 13, 2005, "Revealed: Israel Plans Strike on Iranian Nuclear Plant." (URL for link) Both were written by the same journalist, but with one notable difference: the latter suggested the pre-emptive strike by Israel could be nuclear. Firstly, is the report accurate? Secondly, if it is, what ought our response to it be?

Israel: Will They, Won't They?

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