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.
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.