Somehow, an agent in place in Israel alerted the United States of the arming of the Jerichos and on Oct. 12, an SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft based at Beale Air Force Base in California took off, refueled off of Rota, Spain, and then flew over Syria, Jordan and Israel.
Given that Israel had nuclear weapons by 1973, if Israel faced military defeat and possibly being overrun by Arab armies in 1973, there was a high likelihood of Israel using its nuclear weapons. Maybe it was just Dayan who felt, in the first day, that Israel’s situation was desperate enough to begin wheeling out the nukes.
Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal: A Myth or Reality? “Operation Nickel Grass was an overt strategic airlift operation conducted by the United States to deliver weapons and supplies to Israel during the Yom Kippur War.The Military Airlift Command of the U.S. Air Force shipped 22,325 tons of tanks, artillery, ammunition, and supplies in C-141 Starlifter and C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft between October 14 and November 14, 1973.”
Kissinger Gave Green Light for Israeli Offensive Violating ? The October War and U.S. Policy. Press Release - October 7, 2003. Contact: William Burr - 202 / 994-7000. Kissinger Gave Green Light for Israeli Offensive Violating 1973 Cease-Fire; U.S.-Israeli Decisions Touched Off Crisis Leading to 1973 U.S. Nuclear Alert. New Documents Correct Previous Accounts in Kissinger Books.
Read more in this recent paper on Israel's 1973 "nuclear alert," co-authored by Cohen along with Elbridge Colby, William McCants, Bradley Morris and William Rosenau. Today's Headlines.
Crises, Alerts, and DEFCONS, 1961-1976 – Part II ? Even though SAC had a force of nearly 400 B-52 bombers, the numbers on ground alert were far lower, for example, 34 in July 1973, 82 in November 1973 and 103 in January 1974. The massive deployments of B-52s for the wars in Southeast Asian wars had a cumulatively detrimental impact on SAC’s ability to generate nuclear-mission capable alert
What if the Israelis had 'gone nuclear' during the Yom ? Believe what you may, but the Egyptian Intelligence has released information decades ago proving that Israel had the SHELL of the bomb but not enough Uranium to use it, or else they would have used it. Egyptian film and stories were written about
After this Israel began producing three to five bombs a year. William Burroms and Robert Windrem, on the other hand, assert in Critical Mass that Israel actually had two bombs available for use in 1967, and that Eshkol actually ordered them armed in Israel's first nuclear alert during the Six Day War. Israel began purchasing Krytrons in 1971.
Israel's Nuclear Weapons? The book Critical Mass asserts that Israel had two bombs in 1967, and that Prime Minister Eshkol ordered them armed in Israel's first nuclear alert during the Six-Day War. Avner Cohen in his recent book, Israel and the Bomb , agrees that Israel had a deliverable nuclear capability in the 1967 war.
When Israel — and the U.S., and the Soviets — nearly blew ? Israel even went on nuclear alert for a second time. “Everybody in the United States goes crazy,” a U.S intelligence official told Hersh, “but it turns out to be a totally false reading, it
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