To Charles Adler | 07Jun2010 | Orest Slepokura

Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to South Africa

Charles Adler:

Recently, South Africa disclosed how in 1975 Israel had offered to sell nuclear warheads to its apartheid regime; that is, the Jewish state was willing to arm an oppressively racist, white supremacist regime with the most lethal arsenal of all and help make it militarily invincible.

Did not such disclosure of damning documents constitute Israel-bashing by present-day South African authorities and was their display of openness not tantamount to anti-Semitism, if we consider how bad this made Israel look?

More importantly, Charles, did you set aside time on your radio show to lead the South African tattlers to the woodshed for this the way you did today with Helen Thomas? I don't listen to your always excellent program on a daily basis, I'm afraid, but I'm almost certain you did highlight the South African news item, revolving as it does around issues of tolerance toward the Israeli state.

Orest Slepokura
Strathmore, Alta


"Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons.

"The 'top secret' minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them 'in three sizes'. The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that 'the very existence of this agreement' was to remain secret."