Israeli paper Ha'aretz: A Jew insisted on the
bombing of Nagasaki - which then was fulfilled
The Israeli paper Ha'aretz writes in its online edition 07/08/2009 in an aricle by Amir Oren under the subtitle "How Nixon helped Israel seal its nuclear ambiguity":
Had things worked out just a little differently, an American Jew who took part in the bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki might have helped found the State of Israel and served in the Israeli air force. It didn't happen because the man, a flight radar specialist, decided to stay in America.
His name was First Lieutenant Jacob Beser, and after he returned from the Hiroshima mission he was assigned as reinforcement for the second mission, which was supposed to bomb the city of Kukura. When Kukura turned out to be shrouded in haze, Beser persuaded the mission commander not to cancel the mission altogether but to drop the last American atom bomb on the secondary target, Nagasaki. Until his death in 1992 Beser continued to believe in the rightness of these bombings, which saved both sides what would have been hundreds of thousands of dead in a brutal invasion of the Japanese islands.
In August 1985, on the 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, an Israeli journalist located Beser at his home in Maryland. Beser said he had never been to Israel, even to visit his relatives, the Harlap family of Rehovot. When he was assigned to be a secret partner to the Manhattan Project, he was eager to take part in a bombing of Nazi Germany to avenge his family's annihilation in the Holocaust. At the end of the war, when he arrived at the army discharge base, he saw a recruitment table for the Haganah, which was looking for air crews to smuggle displaced Jews from Europe to Palestine. He thought about it, but decided not to sign up.