Israel ‘Planned To Detonate Nuclear Bomb In Egypt If It Risked Losing Six Day War’

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Israel had a “doomsday” plan to detonate a nuclear bomb in Egypt’s Sinai desert if they felt they were in danger of losing the Six Day War in 1967, according to a report in the New York Times.

The scheme was designed to frighten Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan if Israel’s existence was threatened during the war, which took place 50 years ago this week.

The idea, never before publicly disclosed, was told to Avner Cohen, an Israeli author, by Itzhak Yaakov, a retired Brigadier General responsible for the development of nuclear weapons.

“You’ve got an enemy, and he says he’s going to throw you to the sea. You believe him,” Yaakov says in an interview provided to the New York Times by Cohen. “How can you stop him? You scare him. If you’ve got something you can scare him with, you scare him.”

 

Though Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons is officially a secret, their existence has long been known and discussed outside the country.

In 2001, Yaakov was given a two-year suspended sentence in Israel for a previous attempt to disclose the plan to an Israeli reporter. He died in 2013. Read more at The Telegraph.

{Matzav}

3 COMMENTS

  1. This report is only based on one source, a convicted criminal, and has been debunked and disputed by a Israeli expert on The Six Day War, Deputy Minister Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States.

    The New York Times Lies.

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