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israel's nuclear deterrent - Ilya Shlyakhter (notestaff) - letters to editors
July 8th, 2010
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israel's nuclear deterrent
In the Mideast, Points of Contention

Re “Nudge on Arms Further Divides U.S. and Israel” (Diplomatic Memo, front page, July 4):

Of all the demands being placed on Israel, the demand to give up its nuclear deterrent is the most unreasonable. Israel has proved itself to be a responsible steward of nuclear arms.

It has held back from using them even when its existence was threatened during the Yom Kippur war in 1973.

Israel is an established democracy, with little possibility of a military coup.

It has never threatened the existence of any other state.

There are only two reasons for asking Israel to disarm: to assuage Arab pride hurt by not having something Israel has, and to rekindle Arabs’ dreams of someday destroying Israel with impunity.

Israel has no moral obligation to cater to either of these goals.

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