Better a Spy Than A
If you're in a position
to pass along nuclear secrets in Israel, you'd be better off selling them
to a foreign government than revealing them to your fellow citizens.
That's a lesson to be learned
from some Israeli spy cases reported in the March/April Bulletin of
the Atomic Scientists by P. R. Kumaraswarmy, a research fellow at the
Harry S. Truman Institute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
The author cites the case
of Shimon Levinson, one of many KGB agents who joined the Jewish exodus
to Israel in the last decade of the old Soviet Union. Convicted of spying
on Israel's nuclear weapons program, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
While Levinson now goes
free, Mordechai Vanunu is in his 13th year of an 18-year term for going
public with information about the nuclear weapons program.
Of half-a-dozen spy cases
cited by Kumaraswarmy, only one has served longer than Vanunu. Marcus Klingberg,
sentenced in 1983 to 20 years for spying for the Soviets on Israel's chemical
and biological warfare program, now suffering from incurable cancer, was
released last year to house arrest.