In light of the war that appears to be coming between Iran and Israel, this is an interesting–and urgent–subject for debate. Can Israel reasonably risk a nuclear Iran? Should it? And is there any way that Israeli and Iranian leaders can find their way to peace through talking? Underlying such questions is the issue of Islam’s nature, and whether an Islamic state like Iran would be deterred, if it had nuclear weapons, by mutually assured destruction (as an atheist state like the Soviet Union was). What we don’t want is, in the name of Allah, an act of suicide terrorism writ large (a people collectively prepared to martyr itself in nuclear war to achieve a religiously motivated goal–the destruction of Israel).
To my mind, the key observation in the debate above is an acknowledgment, by the pro-side of the proposition, at the 51:20 mark, that the Iranian revolution takes its inspiration from European fascism. Whether Islam is a religion of peace or not, it suggests that a nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel.