June 10, 1981
LETTER FROM ISRAELI GENERAL RAFAEL EITAN TO SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER MAGNUS MALAN ON ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE ON IRAQI NUCLEAR REACTOR
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get citationChief of Staff of Israel Defense Forces, General Rafael Eitan writes to South African Minister of Defence Magnus Malan shortly after Israel’s 1981 strike on Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor. In this candid letter, Eitan states that Israel’s “iron determination” would not “allow these crazy Arabs to possess nuclear weapons," adding that "anyone who tries to say that the nuclear reactor in Iraq was only for research purposes is wicked, cynical and oil, not human blood, flows in his veins.""Letter from Israeli General Rafael Eitan to South African Minister Magnus Malan on Israeli Airstrike on Iraqi Nuclear Reactor," June 10, 1981, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, South African Defence Forces Archive, MV 56/17 Vol. 3. Obtained and contributed by Sasha Polakow-Suransky. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116076
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