(Times of Israel) In an interview being released Friday, an aide to a war-time minister says the defense minister, badly shaken on day two of the Yom Kippur War, suggested the ultimate option… and that Meir told him to ‘forget it'
On the second day of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel's defense minister Moshe Dayan told prime minister Golda Meir to consider making preparations for the use of nuclear weapons, according to an interview with a ministerial aide now being published for the first time.
With Israel taken completely by surprise, Syrian tanks streaking across the Golan Heights and the IDF's armored divisions in the south losing ground, Dayan returned from the northern front for a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office visibly shaken, and suggested readying the nuclear option, claims Arnon Azaryahu, an aide to another minister in the war-time security cabinet, Israel Galili, in the video-and-text interview.
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The interview, which was conducted several years ago by nuclear historian Avner Cohen, will be formally made public Friday on the website of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.