AUTHORCohen, Yoel
TITLEThe Whistleblower of Dimona: Israel, Vanunu, and the Bomb
PUBLISHERHolmes & Meier
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2003
ISBN0-8419-1432-X


This book tells the story of Mordechai Vanunu, his attempts to force the Israeli government to acknowledge its nuclear weapons program, and Israel’s reaction. Vanunu was a technician at the Dimona nuclear complex in the Negev desert where plutonium was produced and processed and where Israeli nuclear weapons were fabricated. He smuggled out documents and photographs and gave them to the London Sunday Times, which published an article in 1986 that caused a worldwide reaction. Vanunu was lured to Rome and abducted by Israel's intelligence agency, tried of treason in secret in Israel, and sentenced to 18 years in prison, 11 of them in solitary confinement. He was released in 2004 but forbidden to leave Israel. Using the case of Vanunu’s Times article and Israel’s attempts to discredit and squelch both the article and Vanunu, the author explores the ambiguity of Israel’s nuclear weapons development. The book examines the how and why of democratic Israel’s continued denial of its nuclear weapons program to both the world and its own people. It also briefly looks at the international repercussions of Vanunu’s nuclear revelations.


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