IN PAINTING such a very gloomy picture of a nuclear attack on Israel, Benny Morris overlooks that old adage about “people in glass houses” ( JC, January 19). There would be a bit more than 20 to 50 years of radioactivity at the Dome of the Rock for the aggressors to worry about.
The recent war in Lebanon might offer some clues. The failure of the Lebanese government to control Hizbollah led to the destruction of vast swathes of that country’s infrastructure.
What do people suppose would be Israel’s prepared response to a nuclear strike? The war in Lebanon has demonstrated, if nothing else, that if others cannot restrain attacks on Israel, there may be a price to pay.
Despite all the horrors it has faced, the Jewish “nation” survived dispersal without any territory and without access to any shrines. The latter is particularly important for those religions wedded to their shrines — their “glass houses”. That is their vulnerability.
One wonders how they might fare should those shrines be rendered unapproachable. In short, for those railing at Israel, its existence would be as nothing compared to the effects of its destruction.
The leaders of Israel’s enemies must surely know and, if not, someone might have a quiet word in their ear and perhaps suggest they motivate themselves to sit at the negotiating table and make a lasting peace. John Goldman De Walden Street, London W1 PROFESSOR Benny Morris’s conceivable, but unlikely, “doomsday scenario” dismisses too glibly the potentially devastating effect on the nation which sees itself as the champion of the Shia cause. Would Iran really risk irreparable destruction by a counter attack, leaving Islam in the hands of their Sunni Arab rivals?
And why does he assume the recent war with Lebanon was a failure? Israel’s northern border has never been safer from rocket attack and no matter what his followers say to camera, Nasrallah is hardly flavour of the month with those whose residences have been destroyed by his misconceived venture, which he himself has categorised as a mistake. Israel has always been threatened, but is as safe today, with no greater reason for pessimism, than at any other time in its history. RL Harris Heathside Road, Northwood, Middx