JFK wanted Israel to give up nuclear program

In 1961 President Kennedy demanded that Ben-Gurion end Israel’s nuclear deterrent program.

David Ben-Gurion, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr., and Congressman John Kennedy. It was taken in Ben-Gurion's Jerusalem home in early October 1951.

History shows that some issues are so critical that even the President of the United States cannot force Israel’s hand. The sharpest example took place almost fifty years ago, when in 1961 President Kennedy demanded that Ben-Gurion end Israel’s nuclear deterrent program.

But for the Israeli leader, the overriding objective was to gain the tools necessary to insure Jewish survival in a very hostile world. Before 1967, Israel was far more isolated and vulnerable than is the case today.

Ben-Gurion did not refuse Kennedy’s requests – he avoided saying no by dancing around them for two years. Finally, Kennedy warned in a letter dated May 18, 1963, that unless American inspectors were allowed into Israel’s Dimona facility, Israel would find itself totally isolated.

Rather than answering, Ben-Gurion abruptly resigned. In 1969, Nixon and Kissinger made one more effort to force Israel to relinquish the deterrent option, and when Golda Meir refused, the U.S. and Israel agreed to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” compromise that has served both countries well for over forty years.

While Dimona was a bilateral issue, in the peace process, the Palestinians are a crucial third party. There is no sense in pressuring Israel if Palestinians continue terror and incitement, and reject the legitimacy of Jewish sovereignty. The writer is professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University.

Source: NGO monitor and Jerusalem Post.

My comment:

Israel has since 1948 been living under the threat of destruction. When JFK wanted to stop Israel from developing a nuclear bomb, the state of Israel had to put their own security first.

In a similar way, the state of Israel has to overcome pressure from President Obama. The commander in chief in the White House put the Jewish state in danger by demanding a return of East Jerusalem back under Islamic occupation.

2 thoughts on “JFK wanted Israel to give up nuclear program

  1. The WORD of God has a passage that says:
    He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Matthew 12:30
    Obama for sure has done all in his power to destroy America, and speaks strongly against Israel.
    But regardless of all those who rise up against Israel……. It is written:
    “Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of ISRAEL by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity … therefore, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. (Ezekiel 35:5-7)

    WOE! unto such who have no fear of GOD and dare to stand up against GOD’S chosen people.

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