I write this in response to Terry Goldman’s reaction to my earlier letter. I agree this is unlikely to occur; but I would relate the information below as a worrisome fact; well documented by the BBC, but not well known:
As the then Prime Minister, Golda Meir is interviewed by the BBC’s Alan Hart, who, at a certain point, says ’excuse me Madame Prime Minister, have I understood you correctly that Israel is prepared to destroy the world, if ever it feels in danger of falling?’ Without a pause or blink of an eye, she replies, “you have understood me perfectly!”
This policy is known as THE SAMPSON OPTION, which is also the title of Seymour Hersh’s excellent 1991 book on Israel’s nuclear weapons program. It refers to the story of Sampson and Delilah in Judges-16. I find this scary especially because I know Israel has the means to put a major hurt on the world should they ever feel the need. For example, they have 5-6 submarines that can be equipped with nuclear-tipped Cruise Missiles. These were built in Germany by a company that will soon deliver another, even larger, sub. The government’s policy still seems to be to increase its nuclear arsenal and delivery capability.
Golda Meir, nee Golda Mabovich, (May 3, 1898 to December 8, 1978) was a teacher, kibbutznik and politician who became the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. She was elected PM on March 17, 1969, and described as the “Iron Lady” years before the term was associated with Margaret Thatcher. David Ben-Gurion called her “the best man in the government.”
Mother Israel, as she was called, was born in Kiev, educated in the United States, and moved to Palestine after WWI. One of the signatories of Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948, she was elected Prime Minister in 1969, stayed there five years, and was in power during the Yom Kippur War. She saw no need to seek compromise with the Palestinians. Her rigid nationalism and view of the Arabs led her to say, “There are no Palestinians.” The Palestinians are, perhaps, the Philistines of the Old Testament who were often at war with the Israelites.