In the early 1960s there was an attempt by the American government to stop Israel acquiring nuclear weapons; it was a very superficial attempt and is best summed up by the Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Levi Eshkol, who reacted to President Kennedy’s démarche and demands, that the Israelis let inspectors into the Dimona site, by saying to his colleagues, “What am I frightened of? His (Kennedy’s) man will come and he will actually be told that he can visit (the Dimona site) and go anywhere he wishes, but when he wants a door open at some door or another then (Emanuael ) Prat (head of construction at Dimona) will tell him, “Not that”.(1) This represented the end of any “serious” effort to stop the Zionist state acquiring weapons of mass destruction and it is generally accepted that today they haves up to 600 nuclear warheads. The “chutzpah”, the hypocrisy, the audacity, and today we have the ‘Jerusalem Post’ reporting that there are “new suspicious findings (by the International Atomic Energy Agency), as well as Syria’s attempts to avoid answering the demands of the IAEA’s request to inspect (nuclear sites).”(2) Is there evidence to suggest that the Israelis are plotting a “preemptive” strike on Syria as well as Iran?
Still, maybe Netanyahu will listen to the “hype” man, I mean after all Mr Ershkol did set a nice precedent for Israeli Prime Ministers listening to American presidents a long time ago.
1 John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, ‘The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy’ p35
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