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Israel Almost Nuked Syria

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English: Yom Kippur War 1973 on the Golan heights

English: Yom Kippur War 1973 on the Golan heights (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 (JTA) — Moshe Dayan urged Golda Meir to prepare to launch a nuclear strike during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to a former Israeli official’s longtime aide and confidant.

Arnon Azaryahu, who was an aide to Israel Galili, a Cabinet minister during the war, said in an interview that Dayan, the defense minister at the time, suggested that Meir, then the prime minister, order to begin preparations to enable a nuclear option on Oct. 8, 1973 — the second day of the war.

The Yom Kippur War broke out when Syria and Egypt simultaneously mounted a surprise attack against Israel.

Golda Meir

Golda Meir (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Moshe Dayan

English: Moshe Dayan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dayan, Azaryahu said, told Meir that “since the situation is very bad, it would be worthwhile, since we don’t have a lot of time and a lot of options, that we prepare to show the nuclear option.” Meir declined, Azaryahu said.

Azaryahu recounted the incident during a filmed interview published Thursday for the first time on the website of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson center called Azaryahu a “long-term Israeli government insider.”

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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