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Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East$
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Gawdat Bahgat

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031668

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031668.001.0001

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Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East
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Gawdat Bahgat

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813031668.003.0005

This chapter examines Israel's nuclear program. It explains that Israel pursued nuclear weapons capability to deter any attack by its hostile Arab neighbors and to convince these adversaries that since they could not defeat Israel militarily, they had to accommodate it politically. It also suggests that Israeli efforts to develop an indigenous nuclear weapons capability was driven by deep suspicion of foreign powers' commitment to defending the Jewish people and that Israel is certain to maintain the nuclear option in the foreseeable future.

Keywords:   nuclear program, Israel, Arab neighbors, Jewish people, nuclear weapons

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