web analytics
May 25, 2015 / 7 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Home » Sections » Books »

Title:”Raid On The Sun; Inside Israel’s Secret Campaign That Denied Saddam the Bomb”

Title:”Raid On The Sun; Inside Israel’s Secret Campaign That Denied Saddam the Bomb”
Author: Rodger W. Claire
Publisher: Broadway Books, division of Random House, New York, N.Y.

 

 

If you really want to learn how to read quickly – try a page-turner like “Raid On The Sun” – but you’ll truly be sorry when you’ve turned the last page!

Rodger Claire, who was an editor of Los Angeles magazine when he began his research on Israel’s “Operation Babylon,” has written this history of one of the most fascinating episodes in history. The book includes many previously unknown details which even many of the participants were unaware of!

In his aim and motivation to become the leader and dictator of the middle East, Saddam Hussein began an ambitious program to develop a nuclear bomb at al-Tuwaitha, a site just southeast of Baghdad, on the northeast shore of Bahr al Milk Lake. The reactor program was developed with assistance from the French and the Italians, who had been promised cheap Iraqi oil contracts at least ten years into the future – as well as the extremely lucrative contracts to build the facilities.

Menachem Begin, then Prime Minister of Israel, had absolutely no compunctions against using the highly developed Israel military resources to put an end to Hussein’s nuclear ambitions.

Claire not only relates the military story – but also the political and diplomatic stories that enfolded before and after the June 7th, 1981, Israeli bombing raid on the Iraqi reactor.

For over two decades, most of the details were highly classified. Even the names of the Israeli pilots who saved the nation from nuclear annihilation weren’t released. But one day, a chance encounter between Claire and a contact who was employed at one of Southern California’s defense contractors jump-started his research, and the result was this book, whose narrative reads like a fast-paced novel.

Perhaps it was the United States’ enormous defense industry establishment that developed the newest weaponry – but it was always the Israelis who pushed the envelope to develop the fullest capability.

After Ayatollah Khomeini fomented a revolution in neighboring Iran, causing unrest among Iraq’s Shiite population, the United States canceled Iran’s standing order for over 75 new F-16 fighter jet aircraft, which were being manufactured by General Dynamics. Saddam Hussein was becoming a client state of the West in the need to balance the situation, but his air force and military hardware had already previously been established by the USSR.

When the first dozen F-16s came off the assembly line after the Iranian purchase was canceled, the planes were offered to Israel, which welcomed the opportunity to possess the world’s most modern state-of-the-art fighter aircraft.

The plan to “take-out” Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor required a 1,200-mile round-trip flight at ground-hugging altitude, to fly beneath Iraqi, Jordanian and Saudi Arabian radar. Israel was faced with the problem that the mileage to Iraq was at least 20-25% more distance on a thankful of jet fuel that the planes were rated at. Moreover, the U.S. export controls prevented delivery of the necessary auxiliary fuel tanks needed for the mission. Finally, with a full complement of on-board armaments and equipment, the F-16s were almost too heavy to take off from the military airfield in Sinai.

A prior mission date of May 10th was postponed because word leaked to Begin’s political rival, Shimon Peres, the former defense minister, who objected to the mission. Peres, like many others in the government, were dovish, and felt that not enough opportunity was being given to diplomatic efforts.

The photos of the bombed-out nuclear reactor were taken by the United State’s KH-11 top-secret reconnaissance satellite. When they were processed, the results of the Israeli raid were truly amazing. All of the eight F-16s, save one, performed the most accurate on-the-button bombing that the world had ever seen, causing a mushroom cloud to entirely destroy the nuclear reactor building and level its supporting structures – but nothing else in the compound. It was a razor-sharp encounter designed to minimize any civilian casualties – especially those of the French and Italian nuclear contractor employees, most of whom were known not to be working at the site that Sunday. Indeed, only one Frenchman died in the conflagration.

We can add this courageous episode to Israel’s daring military exploits. This saga brings a clearer understanding of Israel’s constant need for military training and re-training as well as industrial efficiency at maintaining superior armaments for its military. “Rain On The Sun” chronicles the gripping detail, with all of the behind-the-scenes arms deals, international political games, near disastrous pilot error, and heroic sacrifice.

Claire’s account is an action-packed story of courage in the face of relentless danger and a testament to the bravery and commitment of the men who risked everything for their country.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Title:”Raid On The Sun; Inside Israel’s Secret Campaign That Denied Saddam the Bomb””

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Court Sentences Olmert to 8 Months in Jail for Talansky Scandal
Latest Sections Stories
Schonfeld-logo1

To what extent is your child displaying defiance?

Respler-052215

This therapist kept focusing on how “I could do better,” never on how we could make the marriage work.

Mistrust that has lingered after the fiasco in Ferguson, Missouri, has edged the issue forward.

“The observance of a kosher diet is a key tenet of Judaism, and one which no state has the right to deny,” said Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Orthodox Union.

Two weeks of intense learning in the classroom about Israel culminated with Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Students attended sessions with their teachers and learned about history, culture, military power, advocacy, slang, cooking, and more.

The nations of the world left the vessel to sit rotting in the water during one of the coldest winters in decades and with its starving and freezing passengers abandoned.

Rabbi Yisroel Edelman, the synagogue’s spiritual leader, declared, “The Young Israel of Deerfield Beach is looking forward to our partnership with the OU. The impact the OU has brought to Jewish communities throughout the country through its outreach and educational resources is enormous and we anticipate the same for our community in Deerfield Beach as well.”

Our goal here is to offer you recipes that you can make on Yom Tov with ingredients you might just have in the house. Enjoy and chag sameach!

Gardening can be a healthy, wholesome activity for the whole family.

Unfortunately, the probability is that he will not see a reason to change as he has been acting this way for a long time and clearly has some issues with respecting women.

All of these small changes work their way into the framework of the elephant and the rider because they are helping the elephant move forward.

More Articles from Aharon Ben Anshel
book-Lincoln

It’s almost pointless to try to summarize all of the fascinating information that Holzer’s research unearthed.

book-disambiguation

While still a student in a small Midwest college she learns that her aunt in New York has passed away, resulting in her life turning topsy turvy.

Goldsmith himself went on his own “voyage of discovery” to the places where his grandfather and uncle landed and were sent.

Green was an American volunteer in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, but something happened In Israel that has haunted him ever since.

Witnessed by Theodore Herzl, who was a journalist for a Viennese newspaper covering the trial, the cause célèbre became the spark that eventually caused the rise of the State of Israel in modern times.

These eleven nursing home residents and their accompanying staff from the Connecticut nursing home could represent any of us or our own loved ones…

There are three kinds of travelers: there are tourists, there are businesspeople, and then there are historians like Ben G. Frank.

The last kind doesn’t simply go from here to there. They try to relive history and find the real meaning behind what they experience.

Behind “the news” there’s almost always a story that isn’t being reported, and certain kinds of phenomenon occur almost simultaneously all over the world in almost every era.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/titleraid-on-the-sun-inside-israels-secret-campaign-that-denied-saddam-the-bomb/2004/12/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: