Intelligence Squared U.S. debates whether Israel can live with a nuclear Iran.
Over the summer of 2012, despite increased international pressure and economic sanctions, Iran doubled the number of nuclear centrifuges installed in its underground Fordow site, stopping just short of the capacity to produce nuclear fuel. President Obama has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's call to draw a "red line" that would trigger U.S. military action. What are the costs and benefits of military action? Can Israel live with a nuclear Iran, or is it time to launch a pre-emptive strike?
Dr. Shmuel Bar is Director of Studies at the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Herzliya and a founder of IntuView - an Israeli start-up company which is developing artificial intuition tools for real time document exploitation of Arabic language terrorist related documents. His current areas of study include: Jordanian, Syrian and Palestinian affairs, radical Islam and Terrorism, inter-Arab Politics, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Peace Process; Iranian defense doctrine and negotiation behavior.
Ambassador James F. Dobbins
Ambassador James F. Dobbins was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on May 10, 2013.
Ambassador Dobbins most recently served as director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. Dobbins has held State Department and White House posts including Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Special Assistant to the President, Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for the Balkans, and Ambassador to the European Community. Dobbins has had numerous crisis management and diplomatic troubleshooting assignments as the Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations' special envoy for Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia. Diplomatic assignments include the withdrawal of American forces from Somalia, the American-led multilateral intervention in Haiti, the stabilization and reconstruction of Bosnia, and the NATO intervention in Kosovo. In the wake of September 11, 2001, he was named as the Bush administration's representative to the Afghan opposition with the task of putting together and installing a broadly based successor to the Taliban regime. He represented the United States at the Bonn Conference that established the new Afghan government, and, on December 16, 2001, he raised the flag over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy.
John Donvan is the moderator for "Intelligence Squared U.S." He is an author and correspondent for ABC News. He has hosted "Nightline," "World News," "Good Morning America," and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” in addition to producing “My Generation” for PBS. He has also served as ABC’s Chief White House correspondent and held postings in London, Jerusalem, Moscow and Amman. Recognized by the National Magazine Awards for his 2011 Atlantic profile piece “Autism’s First Child,” he is currently writing a book on the history of autism to be published by Crown in 2013.
Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.
Reuven Pedatzur is a senior military affairs analyst with Ha'aretz newspaper and Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Tel Aviv University. He currently serves as Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue, Netanya Academic College. He was previously an IAF fighter pilot, Academic Director of the Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue at Netanya Academic College, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies at MIT. He is one of Israel's leading commentators on missile defense, nuclear and other non-conventional weapons, the Israeli Defense Force's strategic doctrine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His most recent book is The Rescue of King Hussein's Regime (2008). Pedatzur is a regular analyst for Israeli TV and hosts a radio show on security and strategic issues.
Reuven Pedatzur, Israeli Military Affairs Analyst of Ha'aretz, explains why Iran wouldn't use nuclear weapons to destroy Israel. Pedatzur argues that if Iran wanted to wipe Israel "off the face of the map", it would have done so already. Shmuel Bar, Director of Studies at Israel’s Institute of Policy and Strategy, counters that Iran's "rhetoric" is a legitimate, actionable threat.