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"The Mixed Blessing of Israel's Nuclear Policy"

"The Mixed Blessing of Israel's Nuclear Policy"

Journal Article, International Security, volume 28, issue 2, pages 44-77

Fall 2003

Author: Zeev Maoz

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Quarterly Journal: International Security



Zeev Maoz, a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, challenges the widespread belief that Israel's policy of nuclear ambiguity has deterred an all-out Arab attack for more than thirty years. He credits instead Israel's strategy of conventional deterrence and the increasing willingness of Israeli leaders since the 1973 Yom Kippur War to engage in diplomacy. In addition, Maoz claims that Israel's policy of nuclear ambiguity has had two negative side effects: First, it has accelerated the conventional arms race in the Middle East and sparked a regional nonconventional arms race. Second, the "regime of secrecy" that surrounds Israel's nuclear policy has prevented open debate regarding its effectiveness. Maoz proposes that Israel disband its nuclear weapons program and join with other countries in the region to establish a nuclear-weapons-free zone.  


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For Academic Citation:

Maoz, Zeev. "The Mixed Blessing of Israel's Nuclear Policy." International Security 28, no. 2 (Fall 2003): 44-77.

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