re: #126 Destro
It would take as few as 4-5 nuclear weapons to obliterate Israel, which is smaller than the state of New Jersey. You can drive across Israel in 45 minutes (from the Tel Aviv coast to Jerusalem). It’s another 45 minutes to the Jordanian border. From north to south, you’re talking about 4-5 hours, depending on the route. It’s a tiny country, and Israel’s nuclear arsenal (which it has kept ambiguous and never admitted to actually having nukes) has been somewhat of a deterrent to military attack by its enemies.
By comparison, you’ve got Iran that has repeatedly stated that if it obtains nukes that it would use them - on Israel. Not for self-defense. Not to balance power, but to destroy Israel. That’s not morally equivalent. That’s ignoring the rhetoric and reality coming from Iran’s government, religious leaders, and political structure. They’re vested in seeing Israel destroyed, and while they’re busy working on obtaining nuclear weapons, they’re using their proxy armies in Hamas and Hizbullah to wear down Israel and exploiting vulnerabilities where possible.