Should Tehran get a nuclear bomb, as Tel Aviv fears it may do soon, the balance of regional power would inexorably tip away from Israel towards Iran.

For Israel, all these elements are pushing towards war, probably on more than one front, rather than peacemaking. Certainly, Iran, Hamas, Hizbollah and the Lebanese military have all expressed concern that Israel has them in its sights.

Israel has recently completed the renovation of all of its 5,000 or so public bomb shelters, and is investing heavily in the development of new missile defence systems to fend off the expected response to an attack – thousands of rockets from Hamas and Hizbollah, and more sophisticated missiles from Iran.

Gaza remains under pressure and ‘waiting to explode’ – The National Newspaper

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