AUTHORKarpin, Michael
TITLEDeep in the Basement: Israel's Harmonious Nuclear Ambiguity
PERIODICAL TITLEWorld Policy Journal
DATE PUBLISHED2009
VOLUME NUMBER26
ISSUE NUMBER3
PAGE NUMBERS31-40
ISSN0740-2775
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This interesting article surveys Israel’s nuclear history and examines why there has been no national discussion of nuclear policy in Israel and why international interest has lagged in bringing the Israeli nuclear program to light. It updates the author’s 2002 documentary film (A Bomb in the Basement) and 2006 book (The Bomb in the Basement: How Israel went Nuclear and What That Means for the World) on Israel’s nuclear program. According to the author, the fear of another Holocaust, which permeates Israeli society, precludes any debate on nuclear policy and has been used by the leadership to maintain the nation’s nuclear ambiguity. That policy has been supported by all administrations of the United States since the inception of Israel’s nuclear program in 1966. The author argues that the acquisition of a nuclear weapon by Iran could change Israel’s nuclear policy, resulting in the official revelation of the nuclear weapons it has concealed in its "basement" for many decades.


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