Skip to comments.Dayan pushed PM Meir to consider using nuclear weapons in 1973 war
Posted on 10/04/2013 4:41:10 PM PDT by Former Fetus
On the second day of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israels defense minister Moshe Dayan told prime minister Golda Meir to consider making preparations for the use of nuclear weapons, according to an interview with a ministerial aide now being published for the first time.
With Israel taken completely by surprise, Syrian tanks streaking across the Golan Heights and the IDFs armored divisions in the south losing ground, Dayan returned from the northern front for a meeting at the Prime Ministers Office visibly shaken, and suggested readying the nuclear option, claims Arnon Azaryahu, an aide to another minister in the war-time security cabinet, Israel Galili, in the video-and-text interview.
The interview, which was conducted several years ago by nuclear historian Avner Cohen, was formally made public late Thursday on the website of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. It is emerging 40 years after the Yom Kippur War and precisely as the world focuses attention on Irans rogue nuclear program, which Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly this week is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Iran has tried to deflect international scrutiny of its nuclear program by pointing at what Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently claimed were Israels 200 nuclear warheads.
In Arnon Azaryahus account, the war-time security cabinet, consisting of Galili, prime minister Meir, defense minister Dayan and deputy prime minister Yigal Allon, held an especially lengthy meeting on October 7, 1973.
Israel has never confirmed having nuclear weapons, maintaining a policy of nuclear ambiguity.
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yes it is. Not too late is it?
I was under the impression Israel did not have the bomb then, and it was the Yom Kippur War that motivated Israel to develop the bomb.
I will guarantee that if they had used it, the present world situation with the islamists gone amok would not exist.
They ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore....
Same here. I think the operative word is “impression”. Israel has yet to officially acknowledge having nuclear weapons. Am Israel Chai!
On the second day of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israels defense minister Moshe Dayan told prime minister Golda Meir to consider making preparations for the use of nuclear weapons, according to an interview with a ministerial aide now being published for the first time.This came out not long after the war, in an in-depth article in the 1970s, I think it was in Rolling Stone, but, uh, my memory is a little hazy.
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