* University simulation broaches Iran getting the bomb
* Israel seen being brought to heel by U.S. restraints
* Netanyahu government not present, but will be apprised
A nuclear-armed Iran would blunt
Israel's military autonomy, a wargame involving former Israeli generals
and diplomats has concluded, though some players predicted Tehran would
also exercise restraint.
Sunday's event at a campus north of Tel
Aviv followed other high-profile Iran simulations in Israel and the
United States in recent months. But it broke new ground by assuming the
existence of what both countries have pledged to prevent: an Iranian
"Iranian deterrence proved dizzyingly effective," Eitan
Ben-Eliahu, a retired air force commander who played the Israeli
defence minister, said in his summary of the 20-team meeting.
Though the wargame saw Iran declaring itself a nuclear power in 2011,
the ensuing confrontations were by proxy, in Lebanon. In one,
emboldened Hezbollah guerrillas fired missiles at the Defence Ministry
in Tel Aviv. That was followed by U.S. and Israeli intelligence
findings that Iran had slipped radioactive materials to its Lebanese
cohort, to assemble a crude device.
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