yoni45 wrote:But even more so, I feel like Israel's issue with Iranian nukes is simply the fact that Iran would now have a nuclear umbrella. They can much more easily arm Hezbollah and Hamas with minimal repercussions with bigger weapons. They can blackmail the world out of sanctions the same way North Korea has. Occasionally sink a ship or two. The popular uprising that Israel can't wait for will be entirely on its own when it happens -- it's unlikely an outside force will declare a no-fly-zone over a nuclear power. In other words, that uprising probably won't happen, Iran's gonna stick around and going to make things increasingly difficult (and probably by orders of magnitude) for Israel.
A nuclear Iran's a huge issue for Israel even if it doesn't come close to the red button.
Well yes, if Iran becomes more powerful then Israel becomes less powerful. Such is the nature of zero-sum power politics.
Your argument may justify the sanctions from the Israel viewpoint. but it does not justify the sanctions from a more impartial perspective.
I think a nuclear Iran would actually restore some balance of power in the Middle East, rather than disturbing it.