It may seem counterintuitive, but the news that Iran has a second, clandestine uranium enrichment plant, and has just test-fired long-range missiles, could actually put off any plans for a quick Israeli strike.
To be sure, Israel still sees an Iran with nuclear weapons as its greatest threat and has not taken a military assault off the table. Its defense minister, Ehud Barak, said as much in London on Tuesday.
Neutralizing the threat remains Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top priority. And the spectacle of upgraded missiles flying across Israel’s TV screens only feeds its resolve to keep Iran at bay.
Yet the latest developments are likely to push world powers to impose the tough sanctions that Israel has been seeking. Giving Israel’s position a higher profile on the world stage may also make it less inclined to act unilaterally.