Some 23 percent of Israelis would consider leaving the country if Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University.But does anyone really want to be put into the position that they have to rely on Iran's good sense--and good graces? If Israelis are ready to run, I wonder what the Arabs living in the countries surrounding Iran are thinking--at least they have the option of appeasement.
Some 85 percent of respondents said they feared the Islamic Republic would obtain an atomic bomb, 57 percent believed the new U.S. initiative to engage in dialogue with Tehran would fail and 41 percent believed Israel should strike Iran's nuclear installations without waiting to see whether or how the talks develop.
"The findings are worrying because they reflect an exaggerated and unnecessary fear," Prof. David Menashri, the head of the Center, said. "Iran's leadership is religiously extremist but calculated and it understands an unconventional attack on Israel is an act of madness that will destroy Iran. Sadly, the survey shows the Iranian threat works well even without a bomb and thousands of Israelis [already] live in fear and contemplate leaving the country."
Leon Hadar, guest blogging at Rosner's Domain, goes a step further: Iran having the bomb is a good thing:
A nuclear Iran will have to think twice before giving a "green light" to Hizbollah to attack Israel and not because of any great love for Israel. They'll have to consider the possibility that that could lead to an overall Mideast War that could deteriorate into a nuclear war. In short, let's not get too excited: A nuclear Iran would not mean the end of Israel but instead could lead to more regional stability.[emphasis added]
(Gee, we should have encouraged Iran to get those nukes ages ago...)So which is worse, 25% of Israelis wanting to flee the Middle East, or trying to fool ourselves that Iran having the bomb is not as bad as it appears.
...Or waiting on Obama to negotiate with the nice Iranians?