WASHINGTON -- The greatest danger posed by a nuclear Iran would be the
increased likelihood of a Middle East nuclear war, Dennis Ross said on Tuesday.
"If Iran has nuclear weapons, the potential for nuclear war in the
Middle East goes up dramatically," Ross, who just retired as the White
House's top Iran policy official, said during his first post-Obama
administration address at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The danger, Ross said, lies in the complete lack of communication
between Israel and Iran, as opposed to open lines between earlier
nuclear antagonists, like the United States and the Soviet Union.
"You are not going to have a stable situation where anyone can feel that
they are going to wait," he said. "If there is the slightest indication
that Iran is changing its readiness, can Israel wait? ... The potential
for miscalculation would be enormous."