Natallie Durson's shaky history - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jacob
    • 19.04.10 | 08:32 (IDT)

    Natallie, The US never conspired to give Israel nukes. The Israeli program developed autonomously and without US knowledge, under Eshkol (while Kennedy was pres), and was not made explicitly known to the Americans until the Nixon administration, by which time Israel already possessed a nuclear deterrent. Israel's nuclear capability has instead served as one factor among many influencing American conventional military support for the Jewish state. It is not Israel's "control of Congress" as you so hysterically refer to, but a concerted effort to shore up Israel's conventional military deterrent capability, lest the country feel sufficiently threatened to weigh adopting an open nuclear posture. Jacob

    from the article: Barak: Iran poses no immediate existential threat to Israel
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