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The bomb in the basement : how Israel went nuclear and what that means for the world

Author: Michael I Karpin
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2006.
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"After Israel won its war of independence in 1948, founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion realized that his country faced the possibility of having to fight Arab nations again in the future. He embraced the idea of developing a nuclear capability and put a young lieutenant, Shimon Peres, in charge of the project. This was the beginning of Israel's quest for nuclear capability, a project that could not have
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael I Karpin
ISBN: 0743265947 9780743265942 0743265955 9780743265959
OCLC Number: 61261354
Description: x, 404 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: A dreadful journey --
The A team --
A French window opens --
An unprecedented deal --
First nuclear accident --
A nuclear complex grows in the desert --
Dimona is uncovered --
De Gaulle throws a monkey wrench in the works --
The deception that worked --
A Mossad conspiracy --
The heir --
Cleaning the stables --
"We have the option" --
A secret compromise --
The Sadat-Kissinger axis --
Two scenarios: war (with Iran) or peace.
Responsibility: Michael Karpin.
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"After Israel won its war of independence in 1948, founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion realized that his country faced the possibility of having to fight Arab nations again in the future. He embraced the idea of developing a nuclear capability and put a young lieutenant, Shimon Peres, in charge of the project. This was the beginning of Israel's quest for nuclear capability, a project that could not have happened without the cooperation of the French. In The Bomb in the Basement, journalist Michael Karpin gives us the most complete account of how Israel became the Middle East's only nuclear power and how its status as an officially unacknowledged nuclear nation affects the politics of that volatile region. Karpin's research includes exclusive interviews that provide new insights into the key figures behind the program (notably a harsh rivalry between Peres and Isser Harel, the first head of Mossad). He explains how different U.S. administrations have dealt with Israel's nuclear status, from Eisenhower's disapproval to Johnson's open support. And he shows how the key to Israel's nuclear capability has been its policy of "nuclear ambiguity." A compelling account of a complicated history, The Bomb in the Basement raises provocative questions about how Israel's nuclear arsenal may affect not only its own future, but the future of the entire Middle East."--Publisher's website.

Explains how Israel became the Middle East's only nuclear power, giving insight into how it has maintained the secrecy of its nuclear program, the role of America in financing and developing the Israeli bomb, and the ways in which Israeli weapons capabilities shape regional politics.

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