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The Middle East and the Bomb: atomic duel or balance between Israel and Iran?
Assuming that the USA and Israel don’t block the project, it is uncertain whether Iran really wants a bomb and how long it would take to produce it (another ten years?). Of the possible reasons for the nuclear option, the most important are dictated by serious strategic and security problems: for Iran, in fact, the bomb would serve more as a deterrent than as an offensive weapon. Instead of arriving at war with Israel, it might be possible to achieve a nuclear balance based on reciprocal deterrence. The media forget that, according to many estimates, Israel is a large nuclear power whose arsenal, in terms of number of atomic warheads and projection capacity, easily exceeds requirements for deterrence against possible threats in the Middle East. Israel is effectively a nuclear power with a range of action broad enough to exert considerable pressure globally.