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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Until his last day in office Ben Gurion expressed an interest in a military pact with, or formal security guarantees from, the United States, but from the mids on he came to doubt the feasibility and credibility of the idea, and whether it was in Israel’s interest.

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Ben israrl it really liked it Jan 11, This is not a book about Israeli nuclear development, but about Israeli nuclear diplomacy. I do not know of any other nation whose neighbors declare that they wish to terminate it, and not only declare, but prepare for it by all means available to them.

Ben Gurion’s pessimism about the inevitability of the next round influenced Israel’s foreign and defense policy for years. Ben Gurion, Bergmann, and Peres could not have succeeded on their own without the help of others. I was surprised that a man like you Return to Book Page. From the beginning Peres was entrusted by Ben Gurion to lead Israel’s pursuit of a nuclear capability.


Israel and the Bomb

By it was doubtful whether Israel could receive meaningful nuclear assistance from a Western power that would help Israel achieve its goal. This outlook brought me into headlong aavner with Bergmann. 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.

There teh two prime contractors–Pratt and Mardor–and a few subcontractors, all reporting directly to Peres. Cohen received a B. He was departmental editor, Israel Media, Encyclopaedia Judaica. Israel and the Bomb highlights the key questions and the many potent issues surrounding Israel’s nuclear history.

Ben Gurion was fascinated by twentieth-century science and technology and energetically promoted scientific research in Israel. For this reason, my name was never included in any formal committee created in the area of atomic energy. Thee Peres’s many indispensable contributions to making Israel a nuclear power, none is more important than his forming and cementing the nuclear relationship between France and Israel. This book led him to encounter problems with the Israeli censor, and provoked substantial legal difficulties upon his return to Israel to give a keynote speech at an academic conference.

He educated Ben Gurion on the nuclear revolution, persuading him that nuclear energy might be the key for the survival and prosperity of Isfael. Cohen grew up in Ramat HaSharon. Retrieved 29 March He never admitted that Israel was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, and he did not suggest their use. Columbia University Press- History – pages.

In addition to Bergmann there was another individual who contributed much to decision-making at the time, and this was Shimon Peres. In my view Ben Gurion accepted the judgment of Bergmann without question. Cohen nad on a two-decade period from about untilduring which David Ben-Gurion’s vision of making Israel a nuclear-weapon state was realized.


Avner Cohen

These efforts yielded few results during the tenure of Pinhas Lavon, who was avher of Peres’s French orientation, but the return of Ben Gurion to power in provided the necessary political backing for Peres’s efforts Among the courses he taught was one concerning the philosophical dimensions of the morality of nuclear warfare.

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OTHERS The success of a scientific-technological project of the magnitude of the Israeli nuclear qnd cannot by explained by appealing to the “great men” theory of history. He completed a doctorate in political sociology at City University London. RF rated it liked it Sep 05, The Manhattan Project needed as many of the best physicists to prove that a nuclear bomb could be developed, a fact on which subsequent nuclear programs were able to build.

In the early days it took more than a little chuzpa to believe that tiny Israel could launch dohen nuclear program, but for a state born out of the Holocaust and surrounded by the hostile Arab world, not to do so would have been irresponsible.

Thhe Jewish people cannot allow themselves such an illusion for a second time.