Avner Cohen (born ) is a writer, historian, and professor, and is well known for his works His seminal work, Israel and the Bomb, which chronicled the Israeli nuclear program, was published in This book led him to encounter. Until now, there has been no detailed account of Israel’snuclear history. Previous treatments of the Israel and the Bomb. Avner Cohen. Copyright Date: Israel and the Bomb has 57 ratings and 4 reviews. Nick said: I, like, forgot how to read over the past few months. Back on the wagon, huzzah! A poor choi.

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Dostrovsky was among the first Israeli natives “Sabras” to become scientists. I thought in terms of ten years ahead. Until now, there has been no detailed account of Israel’s nuclear history. This is not a book about Israeli nuclear development, but about Israeli nuclear diplomacy. Cphen was difficult at times to distinguish Dostrovsky’s involvement in science from his involvement in defense projects.

My decision, therefore, was to approach the younger generation, men just recently graduated from irael Technion in Haifa, who had an initial grounding in the discipline and had not yet been infected by the doubts and reservations of their more senior colleagues. He weaves together the story of the formative years of Israel’s nuclear program, from the founding of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission into the alliance with France that gave Israel the sophisticated technology it needed, to the failure of American intelligence avnr identify the Dimona Project for what it was, to the negotiations between President Nixon and Prime Minister Meir that led to the current policy of secrecy.

I concluded early on that Israel’s own nuclear physics “establishment,” in the main, would not be a source of support. Quotes from Israel and the Bomb. Katy rated it it was ok Mar 20, Columbia University Press- History – pages.

In a pamphlet Ben Gurion wrote in November for distribution among new recruits to the Israel Defense Forces IDFhe wrote, “We are living in an age of scientific revolutions, an era that discloses the atom, its miraculous composition and the tremendous power hidden in it. On 15 July Bergmann was made scientific adviser to the minister of defense, and in early was appointed director of research of the newly created Division of Research and Infrastructure Agaf Mechkar Ve’tichunor EMET of the Ministry of Defense.


The tye Eliezer Gon was Ratner’s deputy for a number of years and contributed his technical ingenuity to the project. Inat only twenty-three years of age, he was recruited by Levi Eshkol to join the Haganah headquarters staff in Tel Aviv, located in the Red House. MillerCalvin Shipbaugh No preview available – His book, The Worst-Kept Secret: Contents Men and Ethos. From the start a visionary alliance was forged between them, over science, defense and politics, that marked some of the most fateful moves of the State of Israel.

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On the critical issue of the reactor, Peres overruled Bergmann’s idea that Israel should bomg the reactor on its own, forming instead a partnership with France to supply the reactor and other facilities.

Nuclear an might also persuade the Arabs to accept Israel’s existence, leading to peace in the region. RF rated it liked it Sep 05, In his memoirs Peres describes how he selected Pratt to coordinate Dimona’s construction: A poor choice to start with, unfortunately.

President, my people have the right to exist, both in Israel and wherever they may live, and this existence is in danger. Cohen reveals that Israel crossed the nuclear weapons threshold on the eve of the Six-Day War, yet it remains ambiguous about its nuclear capability to this day. He has taught and researched in universities in Israel and the United States and has bomg numerous articles on subjects as diverse as skepticism, political theory, nuclear ethics, nuclear proliferation, and Israeli history.

He received a B. Drawing upon published sources, there have been other cases where the Israeli nuclear capability had been exposed or hinted at in order to message her enemies about her defense capability. Back on the wagon, huzzah! He was one of those mysterious individuals who became a legend in their own time. Cohen also analyzes an complex reasons Israel concealed its nuclear program — from concerns over Arab reaction and the negative effect of the debate at home to wvner of America’s commitment to nonproliferation.

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The Arabs and Dimona. Commenting on the notion of “nuclear fusion,” he wrote, “The prevailing view is that one of the possibilities to obtain the high temperatures required for thermonuclear reactions is by putting together a few hollow charges,” and added that “for the last two years our people too have been playing with this idea.


Since the mids Ben Gurion had sought this goal in two ways. The coheen point is to explain how Israel balanced its pursuit of nuclear deterrence in the face of tremendous American pressure not do so.

I cannot forget that the Holocaust came on the Jewish people as a surprise. In addition to Bergmann there was another individual who contributed much to decision-making at the time, and this was Shimon Peres.

The contributions of a number of individuals are just as important, as is the ethos that emphasizes the importance and feasibility of the nuclear project. Israel did not organize its nuclear project as a single military entity, as the United States did during the Manhattan Project, so there was no Israeli equivalent to General Leslie Groves, commander of the Manhattan Project. What made this posture of “opacity” possible, and how did it evolve? The best on this subject. From the late s Bergmann and others saw France as Israel’s best hope for nuclear assistance.

His research interests include media and religion in Israel and Judaism; religion and news; foreign news reporting; defence and the media. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read saving….

It also inspired his pursuit of nuclear weapons. I believed, therefore, that all our diplomatic efforts should be focused on France–on the French government and tge the French scientific and industrial community.

Another constituency that contributed to the initiation of the nuclear project in was the small group of scientists and engineers concentrated around Machon Institute 4. To the extent that one can make such historical judgments, it can be said that, in the absence of any one of these three men and without their unique collaboration, there would not have been an Israeli nuclear project.

June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Over the years Ben Gurion’s fears and anxieties became national policy. His seminal work, Israel and the Bombwhich chronicled the Israeli nuclear programwas published in