Two Israeli Prime Ministers and one of its most famous Generals good enough?
“Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.'”
Alan Hart interviewed Golda Meir for the BBC’s Panorama programme in April 1971 and asked her “Prime Minister … You are saying that if ever Israel was in danger of being defeated on the battlefield, it would be prepared to take the region and even the whole world down with it?” Meir replied “Yes, that’s exactly what I am saying.”
And of course, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon famously said, “Arabs may have the oil, but we have the matches.”
Foreign affairs journalist, Seymour Hersh wrote an entire book back in 1991 titled “The Sampson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy.”