Why does Israel fear a nuclear Iran and does not seem moved by a nuclear Pakistan?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 18, 2020 04:59 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 18, 2020 04:59 PM

There are strong reports that Israel tried to take out the Pakistani nuclear reactor at Kahuta in 1982, soon after they destroyed the Iraqi nuclear facility in Osirak in 1981. What was supposed to be a joint Indo-Israeli operation was abandoned after India pulled out, over fears that the issue could escalate into a war with Pakistan. India was right to be concerned. Pakistan and the US were very close at this time because the US needed Pak help in the proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan. It was conceivable that Pak could start a war against India, which the US would be forced to join. The Soviets already had their hands full in Afghanistan and might not have been able to help as they had done in 1971. Israel, already living in a state of war with its neighbors, had relatively little to lose.

Both Iran and Pakistan will only ever get to use the bomb once. In that context, an Iranian bomb would be a bigger risk to Israel than a Pakistani bomb is. If Iran develops a bomb it would be to counter the US, not Israel. But minus the ability to strike the US, Iran could try to hurt the US by attacking Israel. The Pakistani bomb is similarly meant to counter India. If Pakistan does use its bomb against Israel, it would immediately come under tremendous international pressure that will force it to give up its nukes. This will take away its ability to threaten India, which is the primary reason it built the bomb in the first place.

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