France stopped supplying Israel with uranium fuel for the Dimona nuclear reactor after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Numerous sources believe that in 1968 Israel managed to obtain 200 tonnes of yellowcake from the Belgian mining company Union Minière shipped out of Antwerp to Genoa for a European front company by transferring the ore to another vessel at sea. This Mossad covert operation violated Euratom controls of nuclear materials.
The name of Operation Plumbat is derived from the Latin "plumbum", meaning lead, and is a reference to the labeling of the drums used to transport the yellowcake.
popularization[edit | edit source]
The book "Operation Uranium Ship" by Dennis Eisenberg and Eli Landau is a 1978 Signet_Books claiming to provide details.
The book "Triple" by Ken Follett, is a 1979 book, also by Signet, which is a fictional recreation of the events.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Uranium: The Israeli Connection". TIME. May 30, 1977. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,914952-1,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- Victor Gilinsky (former Commissioner U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) (May 13, 2004). "Israel's Bomb". The New York Review of Books. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/17104. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Davenport, E., Eddy, P., & Gillman, P. (1978). The Plumbat Affair. Philadelphia: Lippincott. ISBN 978-0-397-01248-0