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This informative article outlines the core differences between the American and Israeli approaches to the possibility of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Political analyst Jonathan Paris strikes a fair tone and sketches context for all points. getAbstract recommends this treatise to readers interested in the Middle East region and global security.


Israel and the United States both oppose the development of Iran’s nuclear arsenal. The allies consider it a security risk for Israel, the Middle East and the world. However, the two nations disagree on almost everything else regarding this threat. They are at odds about Iran’s nuclear development timeline: Israel gauges the threat by the date Iran will have enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb, which, Israel estimates, will be in April or May of 2013. The US sees the key date as when Iran can complete a bomb, which won't happen until 2014. Thus, the US believes it has time to deploy diplomacy and economic sanctions against Iran; Israel thinks these...

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Jonathan Paris is a senior fellow with the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council. He is a political analyst specializing in South Asia and the Middle East.

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