NATO membership for Israel? I came across this idea today in the Wall Street Journal, and it got my attention. Indeed, this may be the only effective strategy left on the table, short of war, to deter the mad mullahs in Iran from completing their barely-concealed nuclear weapons program.
The blog The Right Scale sums up a convincing argument for immediately admitting Israel to NATO:
I hope someone in the White House or State Department is fast tracking this idea. Hopefully the arm twisting will start soon or has already started with our half-hearted European "allies" over at NATO HQ in Brussels. Europeans don't have a lot of love for the Israelis, so if they have to be shoved into an overnight NATO-Israel shotgun marriage kicking and screaming, so be it.
The West has one ace left to play before a final showdown looms. Extending NATO membership to Israel could convince Iran’s Mullahs that developing a nuclear capability is not in their interest.
Israel meets NATO qualifications: it is a democracy, has a free market economy, and is able to contribute to the common defense. In fact, unlike many new NATO members, it would be a net addition to the alliance, having lift and logistics ability, a second-to-none officer corps, and a first-rate military capable of all aspects of war-fighting.
Israel’s intelligence capabilities have been a vital asset in prosecuting the Global War on Terror, as few understand the conflict so well. Like the U.S. and Great Britain, history has forced Israel into being a genuine warrior nation. Its accession to NATO could only enhance the alliance’s capabilities.
More importantly, Israeli accession to NATO would explicitly extend the Western alliance’s nuclear deterrent to cover Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Now it will be Tehran, and not the rest of the world, that has a proliferation problem. Any nuclear or conventional attack on Israel, be it direct or through proxies such as Hezbollah or other terrorist groups, would be met by a cataclysmic response from the West that would make the Battle of Omdurman look like a stroll in the park. 
Israel’s accession would leave the Mullahs with no illusions about the West’s determination to respond to Iran’s strategic threat to the region. NATO membership is the strongest disincentive to Tehran against its aspirations to join the nuclear club. Iran wants the bomb primarily to intimidate Israel into a lesser role in the Middle East and, in effect, to hold the West hostage to its desire for regional dominance. Extended deterrence, with its proven track record in the Cold War, remains the last, best chance to get the Iranians to back down. Israel’s joining NATO is undoubtedly the most effective way to resolve the crisis, short of immediate military action.
NATO has obviously been wandering aimlessly since the USSR imploded, searching for purpose and mission. Well, we've got a mission for you now, NATO. We all know who the enemies of democracy and the West are--this side of the blogosphere has known about the 'clear and present danger' we've been facing for some time now. It's very much a fact that Europe, the US, and the free world as a whole all have the same enemies, even if the Europeans are in denial about it most of the time.
It's high time NATO became relevant again. Admit Israel to NATO now.