Israel could “survive” nuke war with Iran: wonk

A nuclear war between Israel and Iran would be mutually devastating, but Israel might survive as a state, according to a new study by Anthony Cordesman of the DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. According to “Iran, Israel and Nuclear War,” the superiority of Israel’s presumed nuclear arsenal would offset the disadvantages of the country’s tiny territory. Iran’s nuclear strikes would likely target the Tel Aviv area and Haifa, killing 200,000 to 800,000 outright—but recovery would be “theoretically possible in population and economic terms.” By contrast, Israeli nuclear attacks on Iran would kill between 16 million and 28 million, making recovery “not possible in the normal sense of the term.” (Washington Jewish Week, Nov. 29)

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