Debate Club

Should the U.S. Discourage Israel From Attacking Iran?

Should the U.S. Discourage Israel From Attacking Iran?

Nuclear experts believe Iran is coming close to producing a nuclear weapon of its own. Iran claims to only be implementing nuclear programs for energy and medical purposes, but recent intelligence suggests otherwise. Israel has expressed the most concern about the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran, as Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not recognize Israel as a sovereign state and has vowed that Israel “will disappear.” Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met President Obama at the White House to discuss the Iranian situation and other issues in the Middle East. Analysts believe that Israel is considering a preemptive strike on Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons facilities. Some, including many of the GOP candidates for president, have criticized Obama for not being tough enough in support of Israel against Iran. But Obama has pushed back against that characterization: “The United States will always have Israel’s back,” Obama said in a speech Sunday to American Israel Public Affairs Committee and again Monday before his meeting with Netanyahu. However others worry that if Israel attacks Iran, it will drag the United States into war as well.  Here is the Debate Club’s take on whether the United States should discourage Israel from attacking Iran:


The Arguments

#1
35 Pts
U.S. and Israel Should Push for Regime Change in Iran

No – U.S. and Israel Should Push for Regime Change in Iran

Raymond Tanter Founder of the Iran Policy Committee

#2
18 Pts
If America Won't Lead Against Iran, It Should Get Out of the Way

No – If America Won't Lead Against Iran, It Should Get Out of the Way

Ilan Berman Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council

#3
7 Pts
Obama Should Pressure Iran, Not Israel

No – Obama Should Pressure Iran, Not Israel

Jamie M. Fly Former Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council

#4
-3 Pts
U.S. Should Discourage Israel From Striking Iran

Yes – U.S. Should Discourage Israel From Striking Iran

Brian Katulis Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress

#5
-4 Pts
Threat of U.S. Strike is Vital to Deterring Iran

No – Threat of U.S. Strike is Vital to Deterring Iran

Michael Singh Managing Director of The Washington Institute

#6
-14 Pts
U.S. and Israel Need to Agree on Strike Against Iran

Yes – U.S. and Israel Need to Agree on Strike Against Iran

James Dobbins Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State

#7
-19 Pts
An Israeli Attack on Iran Could Become a Religious War

Yes – An Israeli Attack on Iran Could Become a Religious War

Daniel J. Gallington Senior Policy and Program Adviser at the George C. Marshall Institute


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