Turning a blind eye: The united states and the israeli nuclear program

Arie Geronik

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The aim of this paper is to examine the reasoning behind the ongoing U.S. policy of, in effect, ignoring Israel’s nuclear capability. By law, the American administration is obligated to impose sanctions on every country that joins the “Nuclear Club.” Despite this, not only has the United States not imposed sanctions on Israel, but the latter enjoys the lion’s share of U.S. foreign aid. This article tries to follow the logic of this policy. My hypothesis is that by ignoring Israel’s nuclear policy (of ambiguity), the United States can continue to declare her ongoing commitment to the security of Israel, while not having to anchor it in a formal pact. By adopting such a policy, both sides can “have their cake and eat it too.”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-304
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Journal of Peacebuilding
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University.


  • National interests
  • Nuclear policy
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Security policy
  • U.S.-Israel relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations


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