Does the Carmel Fire Mean Israel Can't Attack Iran?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Goldblog reader Dennis Rosen sends us an intriguing note:

Watching how quickly the blaze on the Carmel overwhelmed the Israeli civil defense services, one can't help but realize just how limited the options of Israel, and the United States, are in regards to Iran.  Yes, the nuclear sites can be bombed, but Israel is simply unprepared to deal with the missile barrage which would follow and lead to enormous devastation that would be compounded by the lack of infrastructure able to contain it. Who would have thought that a forest fire would have such strategic implications?

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