Avner Cohen is an Israeli-born US author and expert on Israeli nuclear program for military use. In 1999, Cohen published his book ‘Israel and the Bomb’. Cohen’s latest book ‘ The worst-kept secret: Israel’s bargain with the bomb’ is published this year.
In his latest attempt, Cohen doesn’t want the Zionist entity to disarm itself – but be honest about its nuclear arsenal and be ready to discuss it at international forums.
According to Jane’s Intelligence Review, Special Report No. 14 (February 1997) – Israel already had 400 nuclear bombs.
The publication of the book is very timely as the Israel Lobby and its ‘Israel-First’ collaborators in the Senate and the Congress is pushing Ben Obama to attack the Islamic Republic before the Zionist entity gets more isolated in the world community.
Cohen believes that if Tehran agrees to stop its nuclear program on the condition that the bargaing powers (P5+1), promise to make the region nuclear free – The US may have to breath on Israeli neck.
Bernd Debusmann, a columnist with the Zionist think tank World Affairs, in his review of Cohen’s book under the title, ‘Nuclear bombs and the Israeli elephant‘ wrote:
In 1986, Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu leaked photographs of nuclear weapons production at Dimona to the Sunday Times of London. His subsequent kidnapping in Italy, after being lured into a trap by a blonde Mossad agent, has become the stuff of books and documentaries. Back in Israel, he was convicted in a closed-door trial, spent 18 years in prison and was banned from leaving Israel after his release in 2004.
Why did Israel’s nuclear “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy continue even after the Dimona disclosure? Cohen says the revelations lacked the political force to affect the policy. “On the contrary, except for Norway, the international community apparently was not willing to translate Vanunu’s disclosure into the language of international relations.”
The policy survived, and so did Israel’s monopoly on nuclear weapons in the Middle East. It has left no doubt that it intends to maintain that monopoly — in 1981, U.S.-supplied Israeli F-16 fighter bombers knocked out Iraq’s Osirak reactor near Baghdad. The next perceived threat to the monopoly fell on Sept. 6, 2007, in a bombing raid on a Syrian site.
In contrast to most Israeli critics of the country’s nuclear program, Cohen thinks it has benefitted Israel, as has the policy of opacity. So why change it? Internally, because it is too secretive and lacks accountability. Who runs it? Who would pull the trigger? Externally, in part because President Barack Obama has made “a world without nuclear weapons” one of his chief aims.
This is a utopian vision and how seriously the Obama administration is taking it will become clear in 2012, at a conference to discuss a nuclear-free Middle East. The decision to hold this was taken in May at a United Nations meeting to review the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which is held every five years. Obama welcomed the decision but said his administration would oppose any actions that jeopardized Israel’s national security.
If that stands for sticking to Israel’s nuclear opacity, what does “nuclear-free” mean? The elephant staying in the room?