Alternative Suez Canal Through Israel Using Nuclear Bombs – Free PDF Download


The US proposal

  • The US considered a proposal to use 520 nuclear bombs to carve out an alternative to the Suez Canal though Israel in the 1960s, according to a declassified memorandum.
  • The plan never came to fruition, but having an alternative waterway to the Suez Canal could have been useful today, with a cargo ship stuck in the narrow path and blocking one of the world’s most vital shipping routes.

But why nuclear bombs

  • According to the 1963 memorandum, which was declassified in 1996, the plan would have relied on 520 nuclear bombs to carve out the waterway.
  • The memo called for the “use of nuclear explosives for excavation of Dead Sea canal across the Negev desert.“
  • Conventional methods of excavation would be “prohibitively expensive,” the memo said.

But why Negev desert?

  • The laboratory noted that there were 130 miles of “virtually unpopulated desert wasteland, and are thus amenable to nuclear excavation methods.“
  • The “crude preliminary investigation” suggested that using bombs to create a canal through Israel “appears to be within the range of technological feasibility,” the memo said.

Political feasibility?

  • The memo conceived that one problem, which the authors had not taken into consideration, might be “political feasibility,
  • As it is likely that the Arab countries surrounding Israel would strongly object to the construction of such a canal.”

Why this alternative plan in 1963?

  • The memo added that “such a canal would be a strategically valuable alternative to the present Suez Canal and would probably contribute greatly to economic development.

“Peaceful nuclear explosions”

  • The memo came as the US Atomic Energy Commission was investigating using “peaceful nuclear explosions” to dig out useful infrastructure,Forbes reported in 2018.
  • There were also plans to use this method to dig out a canal in Central America, Forbes reported.
  • But the PNE project remained experimental, after the US found that 27 experiments with PNEs heavily irradiated the landscape.

Q) The Straits of Tiran is between which two countries?

  1. Egypt & Israel
  2. Israel & Saudi Arabia
  3. Saudi Arabia & Egypt
  4. Sudan & Saudi Arabia




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