In light of the Iranian president’s UN speech, will Israel ever be in a position to consign its nuclear armoury to the scrapheap?
Or is the perceived threat to its very existence always going to prevent any substantial moves being made in that direction?
I guess it all depends on how well such an undertaking could be handled and what confidence-building measures might then be put in place to underwrite its effectiveness.
Let’s theorise a possible scenario.
Israel has agreed to dismantle and destroy, under international supervision and verification, its entire stockpile of atomic weapons. Reducing the numbers to zero, however, would be spread over a period of ten years and any sustained attack or incursion by neighbouring nations automatically extends this process by at least one year and maybe more.
And, as an additional precaution, some means of effectively dealing with any overt hostility must also be on permanent station and ready at all times to actively block any such occurrence.
The alternative is to allow matters to proceed in their time-honoured fashion and have the whole situation descend to levels having far less hope of resolution than they do now.
And, in every one of the past 65 years, there have always been these other levels. To just what depths they still may fall can very well depend on what we all do in whatever time is left to us.