According to this official and other U.S. experts, Israel does not
possess conventional weapons capable of knocking out the facilities.
Breaking through the thick shell would require, at minimum, several
bunker-buster bombs striking precisely the same spot. "These targets
would be very hard to destroy," said former U.N. nuclear expert David
Albright. Theoretically, Israel could do a lot more damage with a
nuclear strike. But U.S. and other Western experts say there is no
reason to believe the Israelis will abandon their policy against
shooting first with nukes.
Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.
His book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. Goldberg rthe recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005's Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.
In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.