It would take a lot more than a couple nukes, and they would have to much higher yield than Iran is likely to start with, in order to annihilate Israel. Certainly the Israeli government knows it is unlikely Iran will use any nukes it might develop and even if it did that this would not really be an existential threat.
However, as it stands Israel's unchallenged position would quickly become challenge-able and thus there is no desire to see Iran get a nuclear weapon.
Yeah, just look at the wonders it did with North Korea.That's why I believe time is of the essence. Crippling sanctions need to be agreed
I would say these did create new dynamics with regards to Egypt and Jordan. As it stands right now if Israel were able to persuade Syria to accept a peace agreement this could really position things well. I believe Hamas and Hezbollah can definitely be reasoned with and getting Syria and Iran to change their position towards Israel would be beneficial in this regard.As noted previously, I favor pursuing those other issues on their own merit. I'm just not convinced of the linkage. Since the 1970s, international policy makers in the U.S. and Europe have overestimated the linkages. The breakthrough that led to Egyptian-Israeli peace was supposed to create a dramatically new dynamic. The rollback of Saddam Hussein's forces for Kuwait was supposed to create a new environment. Jordan-Israel peace was supposed to open the door to Israeli-Palestinian peace. Concrete results fell far short of the almost euphoric expectations.
Who says that order needs to be maintained in order for peace to be achieved? If Iran ceased its antagonism and was embraced by the West then it would give them all the better opportunity to extend their influence.I agree that ultimately Iran will need to be part of an agreement if regionwide peace is to be achieved. Achieving such an outcome won't be easy with a revolutionary government that is far from sold on maintaining the current Middle East order (Arab-Israeli/Sunni-Shia dimensions, among others).