In 1965, satirical songsmith Tom Lehrer penned "Who's Next?," the second in his triptych of nuclear-war ditties. Cataloging nations with atomic capability, Lehrer croons, "So Israel's getting tense/Wants one in self-defense./'The Lord's our shepherd,' says the psalm./But just in case, we'd better get a bomb." Unbeknownst to Lehrer, Israel already had the bomb, courtesy of the Dimona nuclear reactor, which secretly went into plutonium production in 1964. By 1973's Yom Kippur War, Israel had enough material for 20 kilotons of power, divided into 13 warheads. As the progress of the war turned against the Israelis, Prime Minister Golda Meir contemplated... More >>>