A debate on The Atlantic’s September 2010 cover story

For the Obama Administration, a nuclear Iran is a national security challenge. For Israel, it’s a threat to national existence. Will one of them stop Iran before it’s armed? And if so, who will it be: Washington or Jerusalem?

Jeffrey Goldberg reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will wait to see if the West’s nonmilitary methods work, but is prepared by the end of the year to order a unilateral attack on the Iran’s nuclear facilities.

We invited eight experts on the Middle East, national security, and counter-proliferation to engage the issues raised in Goldberg’s story. Their reactions, their responses to each other, and thoughts from other Atlantic writers are posted here. Check back each day through August 25 – and share your own comments, too.

See also: Editor’s Note, by James Bennet

Wednesday Round-Up: War, Diplomacy, and the Day After The Atlantic

Wednesday Round-Up: War, Diplomacy, and the Day After

Who's said what in the debate on the The Atlantic's September cover story

Marc Lynch

The Burden of Proof for Declaring a Failure of Diplomacy

A response to Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht

A Cold-War Lesson: Be Ready and Willing to Go to the Brink With Iran

To keep the peace, the U.S., Israel, or both must be prepared to counter any aggression by the Islamic Republic and to credibly threaten a nuclear attack

J.J. Gould

Tuesday Round-Up: 'Are the Dark Clouds Cardboard Flats, or Real?'

Who's saying what in the debate on the The Atlantic's September cover story

Karim Sadjadpour

5 Minutes With Benjamin Netanyahu

If I had just that much time with the Israeli prime minister, here are the five points I'd make to him about the Iranian threat

J.J. Gould

Monday Round-Up: Does an Air Strike on Iran Mean War?

Who's saying what in the debate on the The Atlantic's September cover story

James Fallows

Gary Hart on Bombing Iran

A former Senator and Presidential candidate with a checklist of what to do before starting a war

Elliott Abrams

A Case Against Attacking Iran or a Case for Blaming Israel?

A response to Marc Lynch

Marc Lynch

Striking Iran Is Unwarranted, and It Would Mean Disaster

It could trigger a wave of regional chaos, badly weaken the already struggling Green Movement, prove the death-knell for Obama's efforts to construct a new relationship with the Muslim communities of the world, and worse

Dan Raviv

A Look at The Atlantic's Debate on Israel, Iran, and the Bomb

Assessing the conversation so far in our forum on "The Point of No Return"

Dan Raviv

The White House and 'The Point of No Return'

A CBS News correspondent and writer on Israeli intelligence looks at a leak to The New York Times, an announcement of resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and their connections to the debate on The Atlantic's September cover story

J.J. Gould

Friday Round-Up: If Force Is the Answer, What Is the Question?

Who's saying what in the debate on the The Atlantic's September cover story

Gary Milhollin

Iran's Nuclear Clock Is Not Slowing

A response to Patrick Clawson

Patrick Clawson

The U.S. and Israel: Same View of Threat, Different View on Force

Washington and Jerusalem see eye-to-eye on where Iran stands and how quickly it's moving forward; where they part ways is on when and why military action makes sense

J.J. Gould

Thursday Round-Up: Getting at the Alternatives to Military Action

Who's saying what in the debate on the The Atlantic's September cover story

Robin Wright

What the Successful Containment of Iran Will Look Like

A response to Nicholas Burns

J.J. Gould

Doubts That Israel's Leadership Believes an Attack Would Work

An exchange from the comments field

R. Nicholas Burns

The Strength of Obama's Long Game With Iran

A former undersecretary of state for George W. Bush argues that the current president, with his strategy of negotiations and sanctions, understands Iran better than those advocating for war

J.J. Gould

Wednesday Round-Up: What Could an Israeli Strike Really Accomplish?

Who's saying what in the debate on the The Atlantic's September cover story

James Fallows

My Last Word on Iran: Dissenting from Gerecht

Would Israel win friends and build international support by attacking Iran?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Israel's Compelling Reasons to Attack, Despite the Uncertainties

A response to Gary Milhollin

Panelists

Video: What should Israel do?