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Israel

Gawdat Bahgat

in Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780813031668
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031668.003.0005
Israel

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This chapter examines Israel's nuclear program. It explains that Israel pursued nuclear weapons capability to deter any attack by its hostile Arab neighbors and to convince these adversaries that since they could not defeat Israel militarily, they had to accommodate it politically. It also suggests that Israeli efforts to develop an indigenous nuclear weapons capability was driven by deep suspicion of foreign powers' commitment to defending the Jewish people and that Israel is certain to maintain the nuclear option in the foreseeable future.

Keywords: nuclear program; Israel; Arab neighbors; Jewish people; nuclear weapons

Chapter.  9135 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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