AUTHORCohen, Avner
TITLEThe Worst-Kept Secret: Israel's Bargain with the Bomb
PUBLISHERColumbia University Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book examines Israel’s unique position as a known nuclear-armed state that refuses to officially admit possession of those weapons. The author's purpose is to encourage discussion of a subject that has been avoided by policy makers for decades. Beginning with the secret nuclear understanding between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in 1969, the author follows Israel's nuclear program for the next forty years up to the 2009 confrontation with Iran. After a thorough review of Israel’s culture and policy of nuclear opacity, the author concludes that the country’s bargain with the bomb has outlived its usefulness, both at home and in the international community, and that it is time for Israel to revisit its nuclear status within the global context of the 21st century. The work is a sequel to the author’s Israel and the Bomb (1999), which presented the history of the country’s nuclear project from 1948 to 1970.

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