No need for America's 'nuclear umbrella'
This week, although I was deeply engrossed in the successful primaries of the "Strong Israel" party (the first primaries in the world to be conducted entirely via the Internet, without a hitch, and with a 93% voter-turnout) my attention was drawn to the headline that the new American administration is going to offer Israel a "nuclear umbrella" in case of an attack by Iran.
This is not necessarily good news. This offer, more than it speaks of a friendship toward Israel, expresses an American resignation to the nuclearization of Iran. The 'nuclear umbrella' is meant to bring about an Israeli resignation to this reality. What the proposal means is that America will threaten Iran with a 'second strike' in response to any attack on Israel's cities with nuclear weapons.
It must be clearly stated: we have no need for an American 'second strike' response. Such a response, for an Israel struck by nuclear weapons, would come too late; and I believe that we will be able to respond by ourselves.
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