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Israeli Nukes

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Israeli F-4 Phantom. By Itayba CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3305062

My latest at the National Interest suggests that the Israeli nuclear program has had a fairly minimal impact on regional politics and security:

Since the early 1970s, Israel has informally maintained a nuclear deterrent. In order to prevent the activation of a variety of legal instruments that would disrupt Israeli relations with the United States and Europe, Israel has not acknowledged the program. It remains, however, the worst-kept secret in international politics.

But a country always has options. What if Israel had never developed these nukes? What impact would a different decision have had on Israel’s security, and on regional politics more broadly?

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