Finally, Israel’s enemies and friends must understand that there are conditions under which Jerusalem might decide to actually use its nuclear weapons. Faced with what would be perceived as imminent destruction of the Third Temple Commonwealth, Israel’s leaders would do whatever is needed to endure, including a resort to nuclear retaliation, nuclear counter retaliation, nuclear preemption and nuclear war fighting.
Louis René Beres, strategic and military affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, is professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), he lectures and publishes widely on international relations and international law and is the author of ten major books in the field. In Israel, Professor Beres was chair of Project Daniel.