Israelis evenly split over attacking Iran - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 03.11.11 | 09:18 (IST)

    The similarity between America’s attempt to inspect Dimona in the early 60s and the current attempt to inspect Iran’s civilian nuclear power should be noted. In the early 60s, before President Kennedy was tragically assassinated, he was attempting to influence Israeli behavior regarding two principal issues. President Kennedy wanted to prevent Israel from converting its civilian nuclear power program into a weapons program and he wanted Israel to permit the repatriation of Palestinian refugees, something Israel had refused to do since 1948. Not only had the Arab states called for Israel’s repatriation of Palestinians, but in late 1948, the UN General Assembly had passed Resolution 194 calling on Israel to repatriate all Palestinian refugees who wished to return to their homes in present-day Israel. To induce the Israelis to make concessions in these areas, Kennedy agreed to sell them advanced antiaircraft guns, Hawk missiles. Israel took the inducements, but continued working toward its goal of a nuclear bomb. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 during which time he was growing very frustrated with Israel.

    from the article: Haaretz poll: Israelis evenly split over attacking Iran
    First published 00:39 03.11.11 | Last updated 00:39 03.11.11
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