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Nuclear Masada by Steve Payne

Author says: what if Israel really had lost the Six-Day War in the fictional scenario depicted in 1969 by authors Richard Z. Chesnoff, Edward Klein and Robert Littell? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 1967,

Please click the icon to follow us on Facebook.speaking in Brooklyn, NYC on this day a representative of the Israeli Government-in-Exile issued a stark warning to the Arab States that had conquered the Jewish nation ~ further nuclear bombings should be expected after the previous day's detonation at the Port of Alexandria.

"The research here could have been better. Dayan ordered that the dozen or so nukes Isreal had were to be placed on the Jericho missiles. Needless to say Isreal would not have waited, until being overrun, before the nukes had done their thing. Instead the capitals of both Egypt & Syria would have been nuked, along with ten other targets throughout the Middle East. in an attempt to ensure Isreal would have survived such an invasion. Alas that probably would have prompted nuclear retailiation by the USSR, which would have ensured WWIII take place. In doing so the nuclear holocaust, that would have followed, would have seen both the USSR & USA destroyed along with hundreds of millions of people. " - reader's commentThe third Arab-Israeli War had begun with the devastating pre-emptive Egypt aerial offensive which destroyed the Israeli Air Force on the ground. Israel never recovered momentum from the loss of decisive air supremacy at the beginning of combat operations, despite a last minute air lift by the US Government following the unprovoked Arab assault on the USS Liberty.

From the pivotal moment when the IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan was executed in Tel Aviv, it was determined (in Dayans own prophetic words) that the "Third Temple Had Fallen1". The surviving Israeli leadership responded by executing a desperate end-game plan: a nuclear masada, aptly named after the biblical siege in which Jewish defenders had committed mass suicide rather than endure capture by the Romans.

Setting aside the original plan to detonate the weapons in the face of the invading Arab armies, instead "the boys were let loose2". Nuclear weapons were smuggled onto submarines in the mediterranean, the first surfaced on June 11th in Alexandria, the largest seaport in Egypt.

Author says in the 1969 alternate history "If Israel Lost the War" by Richard Z. Chesnoff, Edward Klein and Robert Littell, Israel was defeated in the Six Day War, Sirhan Sirhan went home to share in his people's victory celebrations, and Robert Kennedy passed unscathed through the kitchen of The Ambassador Hotel and went on to be elected President. In this variant, we modify some of the points of divergence in that famous story. 1) Dayan was allegedly about to make this announcement in 1973 at a low point in Israeli fortunes during the Yom Kippur War 2) Golda Meir allegedly made this announcement after the assassination of Israeli athletes in Munich, dispatching undercover Mossad officers to secretly kill PLO agents. To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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