Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 08:46 | SYDNEY
Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 08:46 | SYDNEY

Seven myths about Israel


Sam Roggeveen


19 May 2008 15:34

Foreign Policy magazine keeps its regular 'Think Again' feature behind a subscriber-only firewall, but the author of this month's edition has, via his blog, linked to a free version. Ain't the internet grand?

The piece does a good job of upsetting a number of pieces of conventional wisdom, but if anything, it could have gone further. If you are going to argue against the myth (Myth no.4) that Israel's physical existence is in danger, then why not extend that argument to advocate for Israeli nuclear disarmament? After all, if there is no existential threat, what are the nukes for?

The author says of Iran's nuclear programme (Myth no.5) that '(t)he real risk is that it will set off a regional race for the bomb. The more fingers there are on more buttons, the greater the chance of a mistake.' That logic is true for Israel as well. A disarmament pledge on Israel's part might be just the moral high ground needed to persuade Iran to forgo nuclear development. And as I've argued before, even if that fails, Israel could reconstitute its arsenal far quicker than Iran could build nukes. So what does Israel have to lose?