David Ben Gurion.
Continuing with a series of extracts and commentary from the book by the Israeli author Ari Shavit: "My Promised Land".
In specific from Chapter Seven: "The Project".
That "project" of course the Israeli atomic bomb!
That Israeli government the very ruling elite having made the decision by 1955 to develop nuclear munitions. Israel according to the Prime Minister David Ben Gurion could not, would not, and should not rely on outside help for their national defense and very existence. National defense for the Israeli in the ultimate consisting of an indigenous atomic capacity!
"By 1955, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion had made up his mind: the old protective umbrella of Western colonialism had to be replaced with anew one . . . In the summer of 1956, during many hours spent with his advisers, Ben Gurion . . . stated explicitly, Israel must go nuclear."
"Ben Gurion believed that the Arab-Israeli conflict was deep and irresolvable. He worried that in the long run Israel's military supremacy would not hold."
David Ben Gurion. When in office was both Prime Minister and Defense Minister.
"In closed-door meetings, he analyzed the strategic threats Israel faced and arrived at the conclusion that its ultimate security might very well rest on the existential insurance policy of nuclear deterrence."
UNDERSTAND FULLY WELL THAT THE DECISION TO GO NUCLEAR WAS NOT UNANIMOUSLY AGREED UPON. THERE WERE APPARENTLY NUMEROUS NAY-SAYERS WHO OBJECTED TO AN ATOMIC PROGRAM FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.
That greatest fear of the "nay-sayers" being that an Israeli nuclear program would create a regional arms race, other powers of the area in response also desiring their own nuclear capacity.
NATIONS THE PERCEPTION OF WHICH AMONG THE ISRAELI TO BE UNSTABLE. SOCIETIES AS GOVERNED BY UNSTABLE LEADERS ALSO POSSESSING ATOMIC WEAPONRY A VERY DANGEROUS COMBINATION!!
"The comprehensive, methodical argument against the nuclear option was put forward by two renowned military strategists, Yigal Allon and Israel Galili. Both men were prominent territorial hawks who had now become nuclear doves . . . The Allon-Galili argument against the bomb was threefold: In the Middle East there was no possibility of fashioning a stable regime of mutual deterrence. And if no such regime existed, then Israel would be the party most exposed to the horror of a nuclear attack . . . Israel must not acquire a nuclear capability that would initiate a nuclear arms race in the Middle East."
Someone might even well suggest that the fears of Allon and Gilili are now manifesting themselves with the Iranian threat? The chickens are coming home to roost? You the devoted reader to the blog will have to decide for yourself.