Interview with Mordekhai Gur, 1987
- Interview with Mordekhai Gur, 1987
Mordekhai Gur was a military officer who served as Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 1974-1978, then became a member of the Knesset. He discusses his thinking about nuclear issues in the Middle East. He asks rhetorically whether Israel can trust the balance of terror to protect it from attack, pointing to crazy Arab leaders like Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein. If Israel chose to use such weapons first, in his opinion, it could raise significant problems, which is why Israels policy is not to do so. He points to the 1981 strike against the Iraqi nuclear reactor as a complex and widely debated issue that was resolved only when there was no doubt that Baghdad was about to use the facility to produce weapons. He explains why Moshe Dayans proposal for utilizing a mix of a nuclear threat with conventional power was a mistake. He doubts international agreements on nonproliferation will work in a region like the Middle East where he implies certain leaders may act illogically. No international supervision, in his view, would be able to stop a threat such as that posed by the ongoing war between Iran and Iraq.
- Gur, Mordekhai, 1930-
January 21, 1987
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