News You Really Need To See: “Don’t Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon.”

News You Really Need To See: “Don’t Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon.”

Not What You Might Think

“Don’t Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon.”

Foreign Policy, September 12, 2014

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/12/richard_nixon_kissinger_israel_nuclear_weapons_history

“In the summer of 1969, Richard Nixon’s administration was absorbed in a highly secret debate: how to address the diplomatic, strategic, and political problems posed by Israel’s emergent nuclear weapons program.  Leading those discussions were senior Defense Department officials who believed that a nuclear-armed Israel was not in U.S. interests — it would dangerously complicate the situation in an already dangerous region, they argued. … Despite the arguments for strong pressure on Israel, Nixon took the opposite path. … Moreover, Nixon endorsed Rabin’s suggestion to leave the issue for his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir a few weeks later. … [T]he Israelis did not need to worry about a confrontation, as Meir would learn personally when she met with Nixon in September.  At that meeting, which left so far almost no public paper trail, the…

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