Striking Iran: The parameters of the debate

Israel's security leaders gather at the INSS to discuss the Iran question.

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May 31, 2012 15:17
DEFENSE MINISTER Ehud Barak

DEFENSE MINISTER Ehud Barak 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Through the barrage of empty slogans, simplified metaphors, and ad hominem attacks, it was not eminently clear what the sides were actually arguing about in the debate regarding a potential unilateral Israeli military strike on Iran.

On Wednesday, the sides finally all gathered at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) annual conference in Tel Aviv for the first real, in-depth public debate on the issue.
In fact, it is hard to recall any previous critical foreign policy decision in Israel’s history where the former officials responsible held this sort of a public debate before that decision was made. Usually, we only get to hang our politicians in the town square after the fact, when, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, we know exactly what would have worked—or more precisely, what failed.

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