This letter was published in the London Daily Telegraph today, 21 August 2012
I can assure Professor Wade Mansell (Letters, August 20), that the debate here in Israel about the pros and cons of a possible pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities is intense. Iran’s leaders are committed to wiping Israel from the map. Only on Sunday Ayatollah Khamenei categorised Israel as a “cancerous tumour”; on Friday President Ahmadinejad declared that Israel was an “insult to humanity” that needed to be wiped out. A government’s main duty is to protect its citizens, and Israel has learned that it can rely on no other nation to do so. Nevertheless, voices within Israel urging caution are strong. Meanwhile, in anticipation of a possible use by Iran of chemical weapons, gas masks are being issued to all who want them.