Nuclear Israel Revisited

To have or not to have nuclear weapons is a question of human security and not European privilege.

Joseph Massad


Israel's Dimona Nuclear Reactor in the Negev

How many times must this story be retold? It is common knowledge in the United States, in Europe, in the Arab World, indeed in the entire world. The international press has been reporting on it since the late 1960s. 

The historical details of the story are also well known. In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower gave Israel its first small nuclear reactor at Nahal Sorek; in 1964, the French built for Israel its much larger and major Dimona nuclear reactor in the Naqab (Negev) Desert; in 1965, Israel stole 200 pounds of weapons-grade uranium from the United States through its spies at the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation company in Pennsylvania; in 1968, Israel hijacked a Liberian ship in international waters and stole its 200-ton shipment of yellowcake.

Israel has possessed nuclear bombs since the early 1970s. Despite official US denials, Golda Meir, the fourth prime minister of Israel, reportedly prepared to launch 13 nuclear bombs on Syria and Egypt in 1973 and was stopped short of committing this genocidal act when Henry Kissinger gave Israel the most massive weapons airlift in history at the time to reverse the course of the 1973 war (as Time Magazine reported the story). Israel has had an ongoing nuclear weapons collaboration with the South African Apartheid regime for decades, which only ended with the collapse of the regime in 1994.  

Since then, experts have estimated that Israel has upwards of 400 nuclear devices, including thermonuclear weapons with megaton range, as well as neutron bombs, tactical nuclear weapons, and suitcase nukes. It also has the missile delivery systems to launch them with a reach of 11,500km (which can reach beyond Iran). Israel also has submarines that are capable of launching nuclear attacks as well as jet fighters that can deliver Israel’s nuclear cargo.

Israel has diligently prevented its neighbours from even acquiring nuclear reactors for peaceful purposes. It violated international law by bombing the Iraqi French-built Osirak nuclear reactor still under construction in 1981 in an unprovoked raid even though the reactor was going to be used, according to the French and Iraqi governments, for peaceful scientific purposes.

Israel also bombed what intelligence reports allege was a North Korean nuclear reactor under construction in Syria in 2007. Israel’s Mossad has also been linked to the assassination of numerous Egyptian, Iraqi, and Iranian nuclear scientists over the decades. Israel continues to refuse to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and refuses to allow members of the International Atomic Energy Commission to inspect its Dimona reactor.

Israel, a predatory and aggressive country that has consistently launched wars on all its neighbours since its establishment, expelled hundreds of thousands of people, created millions of Palestinian, Lebanese, and Egyptian refugees, murdered tens of thousands of civilians and used internationally-banned weapons (from napalm to phosphorous bombs, to name the most notorious cases), continues to occupy the Palestinian territories and the Palestinian people in violation of international law, is governed by a foundational anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist state ideology to which all its leaders, governing structures, and institutions adhere, as does its popular and political culture and a variety of its laws. 

Indeed, Israel not only consistently launches wars against its neighbours but also urges world powers to invade these neighbours as well, and in the meanwhile sponsors anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist campaigns of hatred in the United States and across Europe in addition to integrating such racism in its school and university curricula and much of its cultural production.

Racist policies

Israel’s protector, the United States, is the only country on Earth that has ever deliberately used nuclear bombs against civilian populations and continues to defend this decision 66 years after this genocidal act, and inculcates its population, in its school curricula and in the media, to defend it. The United States has also made certain that Israel’s nuclear arsenal would not ever be discussed at the UN Security Council despite persistent proposals over the decades to discuss it.

Indeed, the United States insistence on keeping Israel’s nuclear capability an open “secret” is engineered, among other things, to keep United States aid to Israel flowing, especially as a key legal condition of receiving such aid is for recipient countries to be signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Israel refuses to sign.

Yet the United States and Israel, which have been the major threats to world peace and indeed the major global warmongers since World War II, insist on telling the world that Iran, a country whose current regime never invaded any country (but was rather invaded by Saddam’s Iraq in 1981 at the behest of the dictatorial ruling Gulf oil-rich families and their US and French sponsors), is a threat to world peace were it to possess a nuclear device.

The racist policies of the United States as to who should get to possess nuclear weapons and who should not (according to racial criteria of whether they are European or of European stock or not) aside, it must be made clear that the extent to which there is a nuclear race in the Middle East, it is one fostered by Israel’s warmongering and its possession of such weapons of mass destruction.  If the Middle East is to be a nuclear-free zone, then the international effort to rid it of such weapons must begin with Israel, which is the only country in the region that possesses these weapons, and not with Iran who may or may not be developing them.

The racism of the Obama administration against Arabs and Muslims clearly knows no limits, but for the people of the Middle East (Arabs, Turks, and Iranians), Obama’s racist criteria are not terribly persuasive. To have or not to have nuclear weapons is a question of human security, as far as the people of the region are concerned, and not one of European racial privilege. While the US may not fear Israeli nukes, Israel’s neighbouring countries and their civilian populations have for decades been (and continue to be) terrorised by them; and for good reason. Once Obama learns this lesson, the people of the region will reconsider US credibility about its alleged concern about nuclear proliferation.

Joseph Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University in New York.

10 thoughts on “Nuclear Israel Revisited

  1. This site is not about “Jew Haters” but about those whom Jews hate.

    Perhaps you should read Neal Gabler’s “AN EMPIRE OF THEIR OWN”, (How the Jews Invented Hollywood), A book by jewish author Gabler where Jews actually boast of controlling the mass news and entertainment industry.

    The Jewish Post And Opinion of December 6, 1974 states:

    “Jews dominate Hollywood today as they did in its infancy, The Jewish presence in Hollywood is a historic fact, A majority of the producers and directors are Jewish while the Writers Guild is practically 70% to 100% Jewish!”

    Then, of course, there is this famous quote by Ariel Sharon to Perez…Perez warned Sharon that refusing to heed incessant American requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians would endanger Israeli interests and “turn the US against us. “Sharon reportedly yelled at Perez, saying “don’t worry about American pressure, we the Jewish people control America.”

    — Senator Fullbright, Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee: 10/07/1973 on CBS’ “Face the Nation”.

    “I am aware how almost impossible it is in this country to carry out a foreign policy [in the Middle East] not approved by the Jews….. terrific control the Jews have over the news media and the barrage the Jews have built up on congressmen …. I am very much concerned over the fact that the Jewish influence here is completely dominating the scene and making it almost impossible to get congress to do anything they don’t approve of. The Israeli embassy is practically dictating to the congress through influential Jewish people in the country”

    —–Sec. of State John Foster Dulles quoted on p.99 of Fallen Pillars by Donald Neff

    The long history of bipartisan Congressional support for Israel led former Secretary of State James Baker to call the Congress “The Little Knesset” after Israel’s Knesset (parliament) in Jerusalem. Congress’s embarrassing and unpatriotic display of allegiance to a foreign country that is dependent on American largesse and support is the unknown scandal to the American people. With the media’s strong, biased and sympathetic portrayal of Israel while simultaneously denying any opposing view of Israel or human pictures and stories of the endless suffering of Palestinians, its no wonder that we the American people are so unaware of the true face of Israel. Thus shockingly but not surprisingly only 4 % of the American people are aware of Israel’s 34 year brutal military occupation of the Palestinian people.

    Only at times of war and threat upon the U.S. does our Senate ever exhibit the strong bipartisanship support of America it regularly provides Israel. Despite our current crisis in airline security, Congressional political bickering continued for weeks between Republicans and Democrats placing American lives at risk while foreign aid to Israel was quick and automatic (about $6 Billion), even at a time the Congress is telling us of budget deficits and lack of money for the unemployed American workers. As an American I am outraged at the blind historical allegiance our Senators have provided Israel while they neglect many of our pressing domestic issues such as airline security, Social Security and Medicare Reform, Education Reform, Health Insurance for needy Americans, Money for Dilapidated Schools, and Prescription Coverage for our Elderly. Our Congress operates on the premise that most Americans are disinterested in foreign policy thus they have a vacuum to provide Israel with blank checks and our latest F-16 fighter jets that Israel uses to kill Palestinian civilians. They depend on our media to keep us uninformed and distracted with Sports, Harry Potter, and scandals.

    “Thanks to the terrible power of our International Banks, we have forced the Christians into wars without number. Wars have a special value for Jews, since Christians massacre each other and make more room for us Jews. Wars are the Jews’ Harvest: The Jew banks grow fat on Christian wars. Over 100-million Christians have been swept off the face of the earth by wars, and the end is not yet.” (Rabbi Reichorn, speaking at the funeral of Grand Rabbi Simeon Ben-Iudah, 1869,

    “I fear the Jewish banks with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America. And use it to systematically corrupt modern civilization. The Jews will not hesitate to plunge the whole of Christendom into wars and chaos that the earth should become their inheritance.” (Bismarck)

    “The Christians are always singing about the blood. Let us give them enough of it! Let us cut their throats and drag them over the altar! And let them drown in their own blood! I dream of the day when the last priest is strangled on the guts of the last preacher.” (Jewish Chairman of the American Communist Party, Gus Hall).

    “Wars are the Jews harvest, for with them we wipe out the Christians and get control of their gold. We have already killed 100-million of them, and the end is not yet.” (Chief Rabbi in France, in 1859, Rabbi Reichorn).

    “Israel won the war [WW I]; we made it; we thrived on it; we profited from it. It was our supreme revenge on Christianity.” (The Jewish Ambassador from Austria to London, Count Mensdorf, 1918).

    Tzipi Livni: “When someone criticizes Israel we bring out Holocaust and Antisemitism…it’s a trick”

    “We shall drive the Christians into war by exploiting their national vanity and stupidity. They will then massacre each other, thus giving room for our own people.” (Rabbi Reichorn, in Le Contemporain, July 1st, 1880)

    No more wars for Israel! No more American body bags for Israel!


  2. this blog seems to bring out all the jew haters.
    this isn’t a freedom blog, it’s a “jew hate” blog.
    look at your own words “jewish controlled”.
    jews control every nation ?
    so tell me, how is it that israel is the country that is the main target of international scorn ?
    i mean, if the jews control the world as you say, how is that allowed to pass ?
    your hate is meaningless, your children will suffer for your hate.


  3. For your information WE (America) gave these weapons to be used by Arabs against Arabs, such in our support of Iraq against Iran, etc. The only reason the American (Jewish controlled and owned) media concentrates on Israel is in support of its terrorist activities against its Arab neighborhoods and to transform the Israeli Mongols into victims.

    White phosphorous was used by Israeli Mongols against Lebanese civilians in 2006 in Israel’s war on Lebanon. The Israeli government maintains that it is only using white phosphorous as a smoke screen, but they refuse to release what is actually in the shells they are dropping on Gaza. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart. Then again, we should not be allowed to remain ignorant of the damage this chemical weapon causes while it is being used in Gaza.

    Israel has admitted using phosphorous bombs during the war against Lebanon last summer, just days after being accused by an Italian television documentary programme of using dense inert metal missiles, which are highly carcinogenic, against the Palestinians in Gaza in July and August.

    After previously claiming that phosphorous bombs were only used to mark targets, Israeli cabinet minister, Jacob Edery, has now confirmed that “the Israeli army made use of phosphorous shells during the war against Hezbollah in attacks against military targets in open ground.” Israel’s reversal of its previous claim that its weapons used in Lebanon did not contravene international conventions can only strengthen the claims by Palestinian doctors that Israel has used experimental heavy metal weapons against the people of Gaza.

    These injuries were first seen in July after Israel launched a massive military offensive against Gaza at the end of June, ostensibly to find Corporal Gilad Shalit, who had been seized by Palestinian militants, and to put an end to the firing of Qassem rockets into Israel. The six-week-long war against a largely defenceless people destroyed roads, bridges, homes, water treatment and electricity plants, killed at least 286 Palestinians and injured 4,200, according to Gaza’s emergency services’ estimate. Overshadowed by Israel’s barbaric war against Lebanon, it received little publicity in the world’s press.

    Most of the deaths and injuries were caused by Israeli drones, unmanned light planes that dropped weapons using precise remote-controlled devices against pre-established targets.

    A Wikileaks Tel Aviv cable reveals Israel’s chemical weapon plan to crackdown on “peaceful Palestine protests” with a senior official quoted saying “we don’t do Gandhi very well.”

    The cable reveals Isreal’s plan to take chemical weapons – specifically called “dirty water” which is used to simulate the effects of skunk spray – to crackdown on peace protests being held by Palestinians.

    As Israeli Mongols get uglier, the US, France, Germany, NATO and Britain reward them for it.. In today’s world using “inverted logic” for diplomacy, I personally believe if Israeli Mongols used NUKES against Iran (as they have threatened to do) the Israeli Mongols would receive the Nobel Peace Prize.


  4. kenzo , egypt used chemical weapons on yemenites in the early 60’s.
    iraq used on iran, iran used on iraq.

    israel didn’t use non conventional weapons on anyone.
    your country egypt falls to the same old ways of blaming israel for everything while ignoring your own problems.
    israel is a model of behaviour in general and definitly for retarded arab nations who continually mistreat their own people, while blaming israel for it.
    at the end of the day, you live in egypt, you live with those problems, yet you are focused on israel.
    THAT is the arab problem for the past 6 decades.


  5. I do not think he is concerned about “atrocities” by Arabs against Israel. Any Arab action against the Mongol Israeli thieves and murderous hordes by Arabs is just retribution! Additionally, Israeli Mongols have nukes and chemical weapons and ignore international law. I do not know of any Arab nation who murders children for sport and target practice. Let’s bull doze some Jewish homes and poison some Jewish wells and burn Jewish crops. Is it a deal?


  6. maybe you should be more concerned about the atrocities done
    by the arab regimes against arabs, and not so much against israel ?
    i’m just saying that you always seem to focus on israel, when your lives are going down all the time.


  7. “We will have a world government whether you like it or not. The only question is whether that government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” (Jewish Banker Paul Warburg, February 17, 1950, as he testified before the U.S. Senate).

    “We will establish ourselves in Palestine whether you like it or not…You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard it. It is however better for you to help us so as to avoid our constructive powers being turned into a destructive power which will overthrow the world.” (Chaim Weizmann, Published in “Judische Rundschau,” No. 4, 1920)


  8. Old grandma, that’s a very, very good question! There should be U.N. weapons inspectors in Israel, of course, and such a bellicose, murderous country as Israel should have been prevented from having nuclear weapons in the first place! The last true president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, tried his best to do that, so the Israelis murdered him, and Zionist Jews have pretty much dictated who is “elected” president in the United States, ever since.

    Now the Jewish bankers have looted the American treasury, impoverished its people, imposed dictatorship upon them, and converted the once-great USA into a third-world country with an enormous military like the former Soviet Union. Now the U.S. is fit only to carry out Zionist foreign policy. As Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Israeli Prime Minister, has said, “When we have extracted everything we need from them,” (the Americans) “they can dry up and blow away.” That’s why, if I were professor Massad, I wouldn’t hold my breath until Deputy Israeli Prime Minister Obama “learns his lesson” about how Israel’s nuclear arsenal continues to terrorize Israel’s neighbors in the Middle East, and thereby blights efforts toward peace in the region! Nobody has to tell him that the last president who crossed Israel got a bullet in his brain!


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