By Jack Caravelli

ISBN-10: 0313387052

ISBN-13: 9780313387050

Shortly after global battle II, the center East grew to become a locus for countries looking to collect nuclear missiles and the ability to convey them to their enemies. Israel was once the 1st; Libya and Iraq swimsuit. Pakistan now possesses a considerable variety of nuclear guns, to which longtime rival India will without doubt reply. the consequences of the political and defense dynamics of the center East for the us and different international locations are really profound and sobering.

Beyond Sand and Oil presents a nation-by-nation review of the evolution of nuclear guns courses in what's most probably the world's so much politically volatile sector. an in depth overview of Iran's clients for changing into a nuclear guns state—and how Israel, the Arab global, and the overseas neighborhood will reply to that outcome—is additionally included.

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And obviously operating the reactor at far greater output . . S. visitors reported that most, if not all, of their suspicions, had been allayed. President Kennedy may have been mollified temporarily as well but his concerns about activities at Dimona never were allayed completely. S. government’s sale of Hawk air defense missiles to Israel, to suffer unduly. S, Jews were major financial contributors. Throughout his short term in office, Kennedy would continue to press, along with senior administration officials, for the continuation of inspections at Dimona, proposing that a semiannual series of visits be established.

Regardless of the motives of both speakers, the furor surrounding the very mention of Israel’s nuclear weapons capabilities underscores the lingering sensitivities of this issue a half century after it first surfaced. As we have seen, Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons was of no political value during the 1967 war and, possibly, of limited deterrence value in the 1973 war. As Israeli leaders survey the security environment in the second decade of the 21st century, it would not be surprising if they ascribed a useful role to their nuclear capabilities.

Israel also was pressing the Johnson administration for more combat aircraft but even as that sale was being negotiated Secretary of State Rusk was not prepared to drop the NPT issue from the bilateral agenda. Lyndon Johnson weighed in with a letter to Prime Minister Eshkol reiterating the administration’s view that Israel should sign the treaty. The tone of the letter was matter of fact, even a bit friendly and conversational. Johnson made none of his characteristic threats or bluster. He apparently was not prepared to tie any US arms transfers to the nuclear issue nor was he inclined to apply undue pressure to the United State’s most important Middle East ally.

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