War with Iran: Israel risks everything!

By Prof. Louis René Beres
September 12, 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On core matters of peace and security, two closely interrelated questions must be asked:

  1. What precisely does Donald Trump have in mind regarding any potential armed conflict with Iran?
  2. What might such a possibility portend for Israel, a US ally?

Answers to these questions must extend beyond narrowly partisan simplifications. They should be nuanced and subtly overlapping.

At a minimum, once a shooting war were underway, the Israeli armed forces (IDF) could become involved, possibly to a substantial degree. In a worst case scenario, clashes would involve unconventional weapons and directly affect Israel’s civilian population. The worst of the worst could involve nuclear ordnance.

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Published at https://besacenter.org/mideast-security-and-policy-studies/us-iran-war-israel/