Begin doctrine

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Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin enunciated what came to be known as the Begin doctrine: "On no account shall we permit an enemy to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against the people of Israel". This doctrine has been used by Israeli politicians to justify a possible attack on Iran's project to develop a nuclear facility. A second part of his doctrine was protection and safeguarding of any Jewish person any where in the world. After the 1979 revolution in Iran the new government of Ayatollah Khomeini executed few prominent Iranian Jews. He immediately responded to the summary executions by announcing in Israel's Parliament Knesset " any further murder of Jews in Iran is considered an act of war with Israel.

Soon after his declaration the executions stopped.

Begin formed the doctrine to justify the Israeli attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor Osirak in Operation Opera in 1981. After the attack many foreign powers opposed it and the United Nations Security Council passed United Nations Security Council Resolution 487 condemning the attacks.