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How Britain Helped Israel Get the Nuclear Bomb

Tuesday 08 November 2011

‘Documents uncovered by Newsnight in the British National Archives show how, in 1958, Britain agreed to sell Israel 20 tonnes of heavy water, a vital ingredient for the production of plutonium at Israel’s top secret Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev desert.

Robert McNamara, President John F Kennedy’s defence secretary, has told Newsnight he is “astonished” at the revelation that Britain kept this secret from America.’

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