Israel and the Bomb
A Paperback edition by Avner Cohen in English (Sep 1, 1999)
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Short Description: Until now, there has been no detailed account of Israel's nuclear history. Previous treatments of the subject relied heavily on rumors, leaks, and journalistic speculations. But... Read more
Until now, there has been no detailed account of Israel's nuclear history. Previous treatments of the subject relied heavily on rumors, leaks, and journalistic speculations. But withIsrael and the Bomb, Avner Cohen has forged an interpretive political history that draws on thousands of American and Israeli government documents--most of them recently declassified and never before cited--and more than one hundred interviews with key individuals who played important roles in this story. Cohen reveals that Israel crossed the nuclear weapons threshold on the eve of the 1967 Six-Day War, yet it remains ambiguous about its nuclear capability to this day. What made this posture of "opacity" possible, and how did it evolve?
Cohen focuses on a two-decade period from about 1950 until 1970, during which David Ben-Gurion's vision of making Israel a nuclear-weapon state was realized. He weaves together the story of the formative years of Israel's nuclear program, from the founding of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission in 1952, to the alliance with France that gave Israel the sophisticated technology it needed, to the failure of American intelligence to identify the Dimona Project for what it was, to the negotiations between President Nixon and Prime Minister Meir that led to the current policy of secrecy. Cohen also analyzes the complex reasons Israel concealed its nuclear program--from concerns over Arab reaction and the negative effect of the debate at home to consideration of America's commitment to nonproliferation.
Israel and the Bomb highlights the key questions and the many potent issues surrounding Israel's nuclear history. This book will be a critical resource for students of nuclear proliferation, Middle East politics, Israeli history, and American-Israeli relations, as well as a revelation for general readers.
Israel and the Bomb Paperback edition by Avner Cohen
- Avner Cohen
- Columbia University Press
- Publication date
- Sep 1, 1999
- Product dimensions
- 156 x 231 x 29mm
Introduction 1. Men and Ethos 2. Before the Beginning 3. The Beginning 4. The Road to Dimona 5. Dimona Revealed 6. Kennedy and the Israeli Project 7. The Battle of Dimona 8. Debate at Home 9. Kennedy and Eshkol Strike a Deal 10. The Dimona Visits (1964-1967) 11. Ambiguity Born 12. Growing Pains 13. The Arabs and Dimona 14. The Six-Day War 15. Toward Opacity 16. The Battle Over the NPT 17. Opacity Takes Hold Epilogue