How Israel Got The Bomb

Everyone knows Israel has nuclear weapons notwithstanding that Israel has never admitted it has the bomb.

Israel has never signed any nuclear non-proliferation treaties nor has it submitted to international inspections.

So how exactly did Israel get the bomb?

Yesterday I received an article from Politico Magazine entitled :How Israel hid it’s nuclear weapons program: An exclusive look at recently declassified documents shows how Israel blocked U.S. efforts to uncover it’s secret nuclear reactor”.

The article is authored by Avner Cohen and William Burr.

Cohen is a Professor of Non-proliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.and the author of “Israel and the Bomb”.

William Burr is a Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive, George Washington University and edits it’s special web page “The Nuclear Vault”.

The article details how Israel, with the collaboration of France and Norway deliberately deceived the United States with evasive, implausible and deceitful statements concerning the ultimate use of the Dimona nuclear facility (“It’s a textile factory”) and Israel’s quest to acquire nuclear weapons. The lies began in the Eisenhower administration and continued through the administrations of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.

France in the 1950’s was still recovering from the war. It suffered further humiliations in Algeria, Vietnam and during the Suez crisis.  Charles de Gaulle was determined that France acquire an independent nuclear capability, the Force de Frappe.  His goal was to avoid American dominance in defense policy. Meanwhile the U.S. and the Soviet Union were both pressuring nations into non-proliferation.

France, in a secret deal with Israel, agreed to sell it’s bomb making capability, viewing it as an act of political independence and an economic boon. Norway, with an excess supply of heavy water, supplied the same to the Israelis in secret.

The article is worth the read particularly in light of recent Iranian negotiations with the U.S. and Netanyahu’s efforts to derail any agreement.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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7 Responses to How Israel Got The Bomb

  1. sojourner says:

    Thanks, I’ll check this out! I noticed your jpeg is missing?


    • toritto says:

      Soujourner – the picture is showing on my computer; its a photo of a French nuclear test. I put the link to the photo at the bottom of the post. Regards


      • sojourner says:

        This is strange. It flashes on for a moment and then it’s gone, for me anway?

        Good, I’m glad it is there! Maybe it’s something with my wordpress set up, but two others are having the same issue!


  2. I find it interesting that Obama is the very first president to even acknowledge that Israel has a nuclear bomb. The CIA has known this for years.


  3. Any talk about bombs is very scary to me!


  4. sojourner says:

    Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II and commented:
    Here is an excellent, informative article from Toritto!

    I encourage all to go read and check out all links as well!


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