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Shimon Peres, Israel’s Nuclear Program, and the IDF (summaries of 2 articles from Daily Alert)

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Shimon Peres: The Architect of Israel’s Nuclear Program – Yossi Melman (Jerusalem Post)
In the late 1950s and 1960s, Shimon Peres, who then served as the director-general of Israel’s Defense Ministry, oversaw the building of a “textile factory” in Dimona, which in fact was a nuclear reactor constructed with the assistance of France.
According to foreign reports, Israel has produced uranium and plutonium for an arsenal of nuclear weapons which remain the central factor deterring Arab states and Iran from fulfilling their fantasies of eliminating Israel.

Peres Helped Build the IDF before the Six-Day War – Judah Ari Gross (Times of Israel)
During the 1950s, Shimon Peres, who had tried and failed to purchase weapons from the U.S., turned instead to France.
Through Peres’ relationship with the French, Israel purchased large quantities of weapons, including artillery, tanks and radar equipment.
Israel also acquired French Dassault Mystere IV and Dassault Ouragan fighter jets in 1955, the Dassault Super Mystere B2 in 1958, and the Dassault Mirage IIIC, one of the most advanced aircraft of its time, in 1962.
All of these aircraft were used in the 1967 Six-Day War, taking out the air forces of Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan.

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