Edmonton Sun | 14Jun2010 | Orest Slepokura

Israel and apartheid South Africa

Re: Mike Fegelman’s letter, June 10, 2010. South African Prime Minister John Vorster made a state visit to Israel in 1976, where he signed binding treaties between the Jewish state and Pretoria’s apartheid regime. A denouement the Cockburns describe in Dangerous Liaison: “The old Nazi sympathizer came away with bilateral agreements for commercial, military, and nuclear cooperation that would become the basis for future relations between the two countries.” The Guardian was not alone in mentioning Israel’s nuclear relationship with pre-Mandela South Africa.

Orest Slepokura

(Duly noted.)

Edmonton Sun | 12Jun2010 | Orest Slepokura

"'Baseless claims,' eh?"

Re: “Claims baseless,” letter to editor from Mike Fegelman, June 10, 2010. Felgelman’s attempt to refute letter writer Orest Slepokura’s assertions stemming from the book Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa -- that Israel’s Shimon Peres offered to supply apartheid South Africa with nuclear weapons during the ‘70s -- falls far short of the mark.  To state the obvious, the fact, as Fegelman notes, that Peres denies the accusation in no way disproves it. As for Mr. Fegelman’s statement that Israel has “[never] threatened the use of nuclear weapons,” I refer him to the eminent investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, who documents in his book The Samson Option that during the 1973 war, Israel threatened to resort to nuclear weapons unless U.S. President Nixon replaced its weaponry destroyed by Egypt in the Sinai. Nixon complied, which was nuclear blackmail.

Gary Keenan

(There is no high ground in the middle east conflict.)