posted on Mar, 10 2006 @ 12:05 PM
The French Reactor at Dimona was given to Israel openly if I remember correctly. When the French gave them the reactor, why didnt the French give
Israel heavy water too? And also why would they need to buy it from the UK when they could have produced it themselves ? Also why were they in such a
hurry to acquire plutonium when they already had the capability of enriching Uranium ? Also why need that bit of Plutonium when they had the
technology to convert Uranium into Plutonium ?
And all of this happened within so short a span of time that it’s almost as if Israel was in some sort of hurry.
This tells us something about the Israel of that period; the Israelis knew that they were going to be attacked by combined Arab forces of the UAR and
its allies and were preparing for such an attack. It would seem that they felt that the Jewish people could not sustain another Holocaust and any
massive Arab aggression would leave them completely at the mercy of foreign powers to aid their military, they needed an guarantee and a nuke was that
guarantee for survival. Fortunately the war of 1967 went well for Israel and they didn’t have to resort to more drastic measures. The documents if
true tells us of the amount of hostility and mistrust that existed in the region prior to the 1967 war. Apparently, the Israelis were terrified by all
the Arab propaganda and threats and had decided to prepare for a showdown. I guess the Israelis would be right to want a weapon with the Arabs having
had engaged in chemical warfare in Yemen and the massive numerical superiority they had over the Israelis not to mention the active Soviet involvement
in the region at that time in favor of the Arabs. All this would have made the Israelis feel isolated with neither the US nor the UK providing any
open assistance towards them.
As for the role of the IAEA and the UNSC, we must not forget that nuclear proliferation was not a big priority during those years with the Cold war in
full swing and the powers trying to outdo each other in every region. The UN was desperately trying to get peace in Vietnam and the Middle East was
simmering with mistrust, such a time the UN would be hard pressed to identify nuclear proliferation.
As to the effects of nuclear proliferation, almost all the nations today that use nuclear technology have acquired their technology from another
country at one point of time or the other with the exception of the US, UK and Germany. The Chinese got their tech from the Russians, the Israelis
form the West, the Indians from the West, the Pakistanis form the Chinese, the North Koreans form the Chinese and the Iranians now form the
Pakistanis. Also other nations like Japan, Australia, Norway etc have all got their technology through technology transfers from the West and built
upon them, even the French as the BBC article mentions.