“If Iran gets a nuclear weapon, that hope disappears,” she said, “because then other countries which feel threatened by Iran will say to themselves, ‘If Iran has a nuclear weapon, I better get one, too, in order to protect my people.’
“Then you have a nuclear arms race in the region,” she said.
A graduate of the college, Dalai M. Khayat, said in an interview after Clinton departed she was pleased that Clinton had come, but saw some of her responses to audience members as “not that fulfilling.”
Khayat said she was a bit disappointed that Clinton had not responded fully to a student who had asked why Israel should not be forced to give up its nuclear weapons, given U.S. opposition to a nuclear Iran. Israel has not formally declared itself a nuclear power but is widely believed to have a relatively small arsenal of weapons.
Clinton had said the US wants to see the entire Middle East free of nuclear weapons, but she did not mention Israel.
A relatively small arsenal…of nukes? Well that’s ok then. And it’s not as if Israel has ever attacked another country, so there’s no reason for anyone else to get one on account of that.