The world’s worst-kept secrets: the Jewish state’s atomic arsenal. or is it all a big show


nuclearstar The Samson Option the term used to describe Israel’s alleged deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons as a “last resort” against nations whose military attacks threaten its existence, and possibly against other targets as well. Israel refuses to admit it has nuclear weapons or describe how it would use them, an official policy of nuclear ambiguity, also known as “nuclear opacity.” This has made it difficult for anyone outside the Israeli government to definitively describe its true nuclear policy, while still allowing Israel to influence the perceptions, strategies and actions of other governments.and why In 2005 Vanunu charged with violating the terms of his release by giving interviews to foreign media and defying a travel ban.

The original conception of the Samson Option was only as deterrence. According to Seymour Hersh in his book titled “The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy” that the “surprising victory of Menachem Begin’s Likud Party in the May 1977 national elections…brought to power a government that was even more committed than Labor to the Samson Option and the necessity of an Israeli nuclear arsenal.” this same info was also made available by Israeli historian Avner Cohen in his book “Israel and the Bomb” Israeli leaders like David Ben-Gurion, Shimon Peres, Levi Eshkol and Moshe Dayan created the term in the mid-1960s. They named it after the Biblical figure Samson, who is said to have pushed apart the pillars of a Philistine temple, bringing down the roof and killing himself and thousands of Philistines who had gathered to see him humiliated. They contrasted it with ancient siege of Masada where 936 Jewish Sicarii greatly outnumbered by Roman legions committed mass suicide rather than be defeated and enslaved by the Romans. In March 1976 the CIA accidentally publicly admitted that Israel had 10-20 nuclear weapons “ready to use.” Arthur Kranish, “The Washington Post, March 15, 1976, and again in an article titled “Information Abstracts,” The New York Times, March 16, 1976, p. 1
Israel’s Secret Weapon was broadcast on BBC Two on Monday, 17 March, 2003. Israel’s nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities have remained un-inspected.Born in Marrakesh, Morocco in 1954, Vanunu was a nuclear technician in Israel when he disclosed Israeli nuclear secrets to western media in 1986. He went into hiding in Italy but was kidnapped by Israeli secret agents and convicted of treason in Israel, where he spent eighteen years in prison. He was released in 2004 but has been re-arrested on several occasions for alleged breaches of restrictions placed on his speech and movements. Amnesty International classified him in 2007 as a prisoner of conscience. Mordechai Vanunu was an employee at Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona. In 1985, before leaving his job, he took photographs inside the facility. He completed his sentence in Israel’s Ashkelon Prison on April 21, 2004, but the Israeli government imposed severe restrictions on his movement and speech, including the condition that he is not allowed to leave the country because he is still considered a security threat.
In March 2005, an Israeli court charged Vanunu with violating the terms of his release by giving interviews to foreign media and defying a travel ban.
Now living in Jerusalem’s St George’s Anglican cathedral, Vanunu is banned from using the internet or mobile phones, and may not approach embassies or borders.

The world’s worst-kept secrets: the Jewish state’s atomic arsenal. or is it all a big show

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