According to The Times of Israel an opinion piece on the right-wing Israel National News Site has called for the nuclear destruction of Iran and Germany. (The Times of Israel, March 11, 2015) The opinion piece is by one Chen Ben-Flihahu who wrote: "If Israel does not walk in the ways of God's Bible it will receive a heavy punishment of near complete destruction and doom and only a view will be saved".  Israel, for instance, faces an existential threat from Iran who has threatened Israel with annihilation.  "If (an enemy) rises up to destroy you, rise earlier to destroy him: twenty, thirty nuclear bombs will do to assure the job gets done".


Why destroy Germany which is now a staunch ally of Israel? Purely for revenge for the Holocaust, thus reversing the Final Solution: “twenty, thirty atomic bombs on Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Dortmund and so on to assure the job gets done. And the land will be quiet for 1000 years".

The Samson Option

One of the most dramatic stories in the Old Testament is that of Samson, who in the Philistine temple of Dagon, destroyed both his enemies and himself by pulling down the temple pillars and the roof: “Judges 16:30” .

Israel has an official policy of "nuclear opacity", to refuse to confirm or deny that it has nuclear weapons. Some Israeli leaders have publicly acknowledged that their country has atomic weapons as did Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defence for George W Bush: Martin van Creveld, “The Culture of Wall”, (Random House Digital, 2008), p.284. Israel is thought to have over 400 nuclear weapons that can be launched from land, sea and air (including from submarines).

The Samson option has been described by leading Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld as follows: "We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets by our airforce. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother".  I consider it all hopeless at this point.  We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that if at all possible.  Our armed forces, however, are not the 30th strongest in the world, but rather the second or third.  We have the capacity to take the world down with us.  And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under".  (Quoted in David Hirst, “The Gun and the Olive Branch” (2003), at "Samson Option", at

Israel has Already Used the Threat of Nuclear War: Atomic Blackmail

According to two books, Seymour Hersh, “The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy”, (Random House, 1991) and Avner Cohen, “Israel and the Bomb”, (Columbia University Press, 1998) the Samson option of nuclear blackmail has already been used. During the Yom Kippur war in 1973 when the Arabs looked like overwhelming Israeli forces Prime Minister Golda Meir ordered 13 nuclear weapons to the readied for attack. President Nixon was warned that these weapons would be used if the United States failed to airlift supplies, which it promptly did.

The Road to Nuclear World War III

Ron Rosenbaum, “How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III”, (Simon and Schuster, New York, 2011) gives a more recent analysis of the Samson option. Given the existential threat of a nuclear Iran, Rosenbaum gives some very quotable quotes about the Samson option in its most “extreme version” where Israel retaliates. This “presupposes a rage on the part of post-second Holocaust survivors in possession of nuclear weapons determined to reduce the entire temple of civilisation to ashes for having complacently allowed two Holocausts to be inflicted on one people”. (p.142)

“The very secondness of the second Holocaust comes with it a temptation to abandon all thoughts of proportionality in retaliation, and to punish the whole world for allowing not one but two slaughters of a people”. (p.141)

“Abandonment of proportionality is the essence of the so-called Sampson option in all its variants. A Samson option is made possible by the fact that even if Israel has been obliterated, it can be sure that it's dolphin-class nuclear missile submarines cruising the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf, at depths impervious to detection, can carry out a genocidal-scaled retaliation virtually anywhere in the world". (pp.141-142)

The Incoherence of the Samson Option

The problem with the Samson option is that it is suicidal.  Prof Rosenbaum himself states that Israel's pre-emptive nuclear strike will have genocidal consequences.  The victims of the Israel-caused Holocaust, most of Europe may have their own nuclear submarines and could respond with one or two nuclear bombs, assuming that Iran hasn't already done so. (p.142)  This could unleash a chain reaction of nuclear genocide.

It is more likely though that the European countries would willingly allow themselves to be destroyed by Israel out of the sheer fear of being thought, by survivors, to be "anti-Semitic".  Yet even here there will be problems.  Destroying every Western city would mean that a third, fourth, fifth,… and so on Holocaust would occur because Jews in Western cities would also die.  There is also the issue of survivors across the world who are not Jewish retaliating against post apocalyptic Jewish survivors.

What Should be Done?

It is highly likely that Islamic nations hostile to Israel's very existence will get nuclear weapons in the near future.  Given their present hostilities towards Israel the scenario depicted by Professor Rosenbaum is a real possibility.  Further, it is unlikely that Israel we'll abandon its Samson option because faced with existential annihilation it does make sense to retaliate in this way, given all that we know about human nature.

The only real solution to impending nuclear holocaust would be for the main source of Arab hatred of Israel to be removed: dealing with the Palestinian problem to the satisfaction of all parties so that a lasting peace can be achieved.  Maybe then tensions can be wound down and a nuclear World War III averted.

The Tip of the Nuclear Iceberg

Paul Craig Roberts in an article entitled "The Coming Doom" says that the world is now much closer to a nuclear holocaust then at any time in the post-1945 nuclear period, as parties are no longer restrained by the Cold War MAD (mutually assured destruction) doctrine. The United States has moved to a pre-emptive first strike doctrine against both Russia and China. To make matters worse for countries such as Israel, the US, Roberts sternly points out, has committed genocide and war crimes in the Middle East, inflaming an already dangerous situation, quite capable of spiralling out of control. The false claim that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction" led to 2.7 million Iraqi people being murdered.

Putin's attempts to cool matters down is ignored by Washington who responds by beating "the drums of war louder". But while Iran could destroy Israel, Russia and China have the capacity to destroy not only America, but the rest of the West.


How The End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III
by (author) Ron Rosenbaum

Each chapter of the How the World Ends deconstructs the dangers we face. Rosenbaum begins by showing all the ways the post-Cold War order that tried to impose a set of rules of averting a nuclear mistake has fallen apart. In chapter 2, he describes the journey of one Bruce Blair, once a missile launcher, whose experience inside the nuclear establishment left him alarmed about its vulnerabilities. Chapter 3 looks at nuclear war from the Russian side, using the architect of that nation's early warning system as a focus. Chapter 4 looks at how the Bush Administration helped pushed the world closer to a nuclear conflict by rewriting the rules of deterrence. Chapter 5 describes all the ways the international incidents we have seen - Georgia, the Israeli raid on Syria, the Iranian moves - are evidence that some governments have shown a willingness to move closer to the brink of a conflict involving nuclear weapons. The rest of the book looks at the broader nuclear issues facing the world in the 21st century: What is deterrence? Who can claim to have it? How many nuclear weapons can we live with? Is zero really possible? In other words: Can we undream the nightmare?   approx $28.00 posted from UK




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