The Samson Option: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and American by Seymour M. Hersh

By Seymour M. Hersh

An research into Israel's nuclear functions discloses information regarding the country's rush towards nuclear prestige, its collaboration with South Africa and Iran, and its espionage actions. Reprint. NYT.

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When the Egyptians, who owned the canal, refused to do so-a refusal that was inevitable-France and England would launch bombing and airborne assaults on November 6 to neutralize and occupy the canal. The battle plan went much better than scheduled. Israel stormed through the Egyptian Army and had captured all of the Sinai by November 4· There was nothing, other than a United Nations call for a cease-fire, to stop the Israeli Army from crossing the Suez and taking Cairo. Guy Mollet began THE FRENCH CONNECTION 41 urging Anthony Eden, Britain's prime minister, to move up the date of their combined assault, but Eden, made anxious by the fast pace of the Israeli Army and the United Nations ceasefire call, refused.

The young Bergmann had been introduced in the early 1920s to the world of the atom as a student of organic chemistry at the Emil Fischer Institute of the University of Berlin. He was on the fringe of a circle of eminent scientists, including Ernest Rutherford in England and Marie Curie of France, who were the cutting edge of what would become an international race in the prewar years to unravel the mystery of nuclear fission. Bergmann's colleagues in Berlin included Herman F. , served as secretary of the Air Force in the Carter administration): "We were not theoreticians," recalled Mark, who during • Herman Mark was ninety-five years old when interviewed in 1990 at his son's home in Austin, Texas.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION 39 That summer Moshe Sharett quietly resigned as foreign minister. He had sought an open debate on Israel's foreign policy in front of Mapai Party members, but Ben-Gurion fought it off by threatening to resign. The Israeli public would not learn of the deep divisions at the top of its government until the publication of Sharett's personal diaries in 1980. Sharett's replacement was Golda Meir, the minister of labor, whose main qualification, Ben-Gurion would later acknowledge, was her ignorance of international affairs.

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