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Interview with Shalheveth Freier, 1987

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Title:
Interview with Shalheveth Freier, 1987
Description:
Shalheveth Freier was director of the scientific department of the Israeli Ministry of Defense in the early 1950s when the country began to explore nuclear energy. Initial attempts to produce uranium and heavy water were controversial but received a major boost in 1953 when the French Atomic Energy Commission offered to buy the process of uranium extraction Israel had developed. He discusses this and other international sources of support for nuclear activities, such as the Atoms for Peace program. The interview also touches on the subject of Israel and the nuclear threshold, and he offers lengthy views on the international nonproliferation regime, Israel's concerns about threats from the Arab states, and the country's dealings with the International Atomic Energy Agency. He also comments on what he sees as the sense of privilege on the part of larger powers that possess nuclear weapons toward smaller countries that do not.
Interviewee:
Freier, Shalheveth, 1920-
Date:
January 22, 1987
Format:
Film/Video
Location:
WGBH
Collection (local):
WGBH Open Vault
Series:
War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
Subjects:
Blix, Hans
Great Britain
Nuclear-weapon-free zones
Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America (1967)
International Atomic Energy Agency
Middle East
Nuclear energy
Nuclear nonproliferation
Antinuclear movement
Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968)
Independent Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues. Common security
Atoms for Peace (U.S.)
Ben-Gurion, David, 1886-1973
Palme, Olof, 1927-1986
Places:
Israel
France
Extent:
00:45:46:25
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Publisher:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Identifier:
V_4A5AB872F698402B97ACF6E16B01E83D