Will Israel bomb Iran in an effort to prevent the Islamic Republic from building a nuclear weapon? We hope not. At best such an attack could only delay, not deny, Iran's nuclear ambitions, and it is not worth the risk of touching off a conflagration in the Middle East. Neighboring nations could be drawn into the fire, as could the United States.
Of course, Israeli leaders may have a different view. The ayatollahs have repeatedly stated their desire to destroy the Jewish state, and they have used surrogates, primarily Hezbollah and Hamas, to fight a proxy war with Israel. Naturally, the Israelis see a nuclear-armed Iran in existential terms.
However, Israel itself has a nuclear arsenal which gives it the capacity to destroy Iran, even in a catastrophic nuclear exchange. That certainty should deter Iran from using nuclear weapons against Israel or slipping one to a surrogate.