Published on 19 Jul 2014
The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy
The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy is a 1991 book by Seymour Hersh. It details the history of Israel’s nuclear weapons program and its effects on Israel-American relations. The “Samson Option” of the book’s title refers to the nuclear strategy whereby Israel would launch a massive nuclear retaliatory strike if the state itself was being overrun, just as the Biblical figure Samson is said to have pushed apart the pillars of a Philistine temple, bringing down the roof and killing himself and thousands of Philistines who had gathered to see him humiliated.
According to The New York Times, Hersh relied on Ari Ben-Menashe, a former Israeli government employee who says he worked for Israeli intelligence, for much of his information on the state of the Israeli nuclear program. However, Hersh confirmed all of this information with at least one other source. Hersh did not travel to Israel to conduct interviews for the book, believing that he might have been subject to the Israeli Military Censor. Nevertheless, he did interview Israelis in the United States and Europe during his three years of research.
Israel’s Samson Option: the Real Nuclear Threat
Israel’s massive nuclear arsenal is one of the world’s worst-kept secrets. Former Prime Minister Olmert blurted it out in an interview with German television.
President Obama refused to answer when asked point blank by Helen Thomas if he “knew of any country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons.”
Mordechai Vanunu revealed details of Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the British press in 1986. Yet surprisingly few American are even aware of it.
What is even more alarming is that American leaders, along with those of Germany, France, Britain, and other countries continue to actively aid and abet Israel’s nuclear weapons program while turning a blind eye to Israel’s espionage, theft, and threats of nuclear blackmail against them.
John Kennedy was the last American president with the luxury of worrying about whether Israel would get the bomb, as firm evidence that they had done so emerged not long after his assassination.
Moreover, once Israel acquired nuclear weapons, it became clear that they were not intended solely for adversaries in possible Arab-Israeli war. Israel let it be know that was willing to take down the entire world rather than allow the Zionist dream to come to an end. This is what is known as “the Samson Option,” named after the biblical character who destroyed his enemies by pushing down the columns of a temple, killing himself in the process.
In a paper published by the Federation of American Scientists, Lt. Col. Warner D. Farr of the Air War College describes Israel’s acquisition of a massive nuclear arsenal with long-range and second strike capabilities. He says that Israelis feel that their ability to cause a modern holocaust is the best way to guarantee never having to be subjected to one again.
The Israeli push for nuclear weapons started with David Ben Gurion, the countries first prime minister, and by the 1967 Six-Day War Israel had acquired rudimentary weapons and reportedly the willingness to use them. During the 1973 Yom Kippur War Golda Meir used Israel’s nuclear potential as leverage to persuade Richard Nixon, via Henry Kissinger, to airlift badly needed convention weapons to Israel, which saved Israel from defeat and preserved its hold on territories occupied in 1967.
But the Samson Option is more than simple deterrence, and the potential targets are not restricted to its wartime enemies.
Martin Van Creveld, a prominent professor of military history at the prestigious Hebrew University in Jerusalem, told a Dutch magazine the following in 2002: “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force.” He went on to say “Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.” (The original interview appeared in the Dutch weekly magazine:Elsevier, 2002, no. 17, p. 52-53, April 27th, 2002).
In 2002, David D. Perlmutter, a professor of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and a senior fellow at the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, wrote the following in a Los Angeles Times op-ed: ”What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a Nuclear Winter. Or invite all those tut-tutting European statesmen and peace activists to join us in the ovens?”
Pamela Geller is not a professor of anything and possesses no credentials that make her worth quoting other than being representative of a tragically common and quite hysterical Jewish-American mindset.
She wrote in her blog: ”Israel is essential. And I pray dearly that in the ungodly event that Tehran or its jihadi proxies (Hez’ballah, Hamas etc) target Israel with a nuke, that she retaliate with everything she has at Tehran, Mecca, and Medina….Not to mention Europe. They exterminated all their Jews, but that wasn’t enough. Those monsters then went on to import the next generation of Jew killers.”
But this fanaticism is not limited to academics and bloggers. Numerous prominent journalists and news outlets have reported the willingness of Israeli leaders to invoke the Samson Option.
Alan Hart interviewed Golda Meir for the BBC’s Panorama programme in April 1971 and asked her “Prime Minister … You are saying that if ever Israel was in danger of being defeated on the battlefield, it would be prepared to take the region and even the whole world down with it?” Meir replied “Yes, that’s exactly what I am saying.”
Prime Minister Begin used information provided by Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard to target Soviet cities. Ariel Sharon, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Shamir, Shimon Peres, and others have made public comments in support of the idea of using Israel’s nuclear arsenal to blackmail the world.
So how did the world reach this insane situation develop? Zionists have inculcated a severe paranoia in Jews in Israel and around the world. There is the myth of eternal Jewish victimhood, which conveniently edits from history all crimes that Jews have committed against others over their long history while exaggerating and removing from context the crimes that have been committed against the Jews.
It is a great irony that the State of Israel was founded as insurance against a future Holocaust by Zionists who had on many levels collaborated with Nazis. Zionist Jews forged the “Transfer Agreement” with Adolf Hitler to promote the emigration of German Jews to Palestine, something that furthered the interests of both parties.
This helped lay the foundation for a Jewish state in Palestine, was done in return for Zionist assistance in ending of a global Jewish boycott of Nazi Germany.
In a revealing glimpse of the attitude held by Israel’s founders for non-Zionist Jews, David Ben Gurion famously stated soon after Kristallnacht that “‘Were I to know that all German Jewish children could be rescued by transferring them to England and only half by transfer to Palestine, I would opt for the latter, because our concern is not only the personal interest of these children, but the historic interest of the Jewish people.” This was in response to Britain’s offer of refuge to 10,000 German Jewish children.
A second myth is that Israel faces a hostile world and a persistent existential threat. Here the irony is that no nation in history has benefited from more charity and good will than Israel.
It has received more foreign aid than any other country, and not just from the United States. Germany has provided massive amount of aid, including nuclear-capable submarines that form a key component of the very Samson Option that would no doubt target Germany heavily.
Moreover, far from being surrounded by hostile countries, Israel has one-sided peace treaties with its two closest neighbors — Egypt and Jordan — that effectively turn the two countries into collaborators in the genocide against the Palestinians. Numerous other Arab and Muslim governments have traditionally had cooperative relations with Israel, including but not limited to the Saudi Arabia, the smaller Gulf States, Turkey, and even Iran until the 1990s.
(Remember, it was the Israelis who acted as the intermediaries when President Reagan started selling weapons to Ayatollah Khomeini in the Iran-Contra Affair.)
And let’s not forget that the U.S., Europe, and their various allies and satellites have provided Israel with a permanent “get out of jail free card” in the form of diplomatic immunity and exemption from international laws and norms of behavior that very literally allow Israel to get away with murder.
In summation, Jews world-wide have been brainwashed to think that Goyim throughout history have persecuted them for absolutely no reason other than irrational and congenital hatred and that Israel is the only thing standing between them and the gas chambers.
They have the power through their domination of finance, the media, and other key sectors of society to force Western leaders to provide Israel with the very tools that it then uses to blackmail them.
And this paranoia combined with religious ideas of “chosenness” and secular ideas of racial superiority create just the kind of psychosis that makes this blackmail more than just an empty threat.