Journal Article, International Security, issue 4, volume 31
If it wanted, Israel could stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapons program. With the experience of its successful 1981 military strike against Iraq's Osirak reactor, a much-improved air force, and decent intelligence on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, Israel is in a position to repeat such an attack, this time against one or all of Iran's three well-hardened targets. Israel has the most to fear from a nuclear-armed Iran, but it should also be aware ofthe consequences of such an attack. Ultimately, only a combination of conventional military force, good intelligence, and political and economic efforts can successfully check nuclear proliferation.