"Then came Shimon Peres, the defense official—and future prime minister and president of Israel—who was one of the creators of his own nation's secret nuclear program. Peres offered the Shah nuclear technology and the use of Israel Atomic Energy Commission experts. Fortunately for Israel, the Shah turned down Peres' offer, sparing Israel 'deep embarrassment and regret' decades later: The Israelis would have been helping their future arch-enemy go nuclear. The Shah said no. He did not need the Israelis' help. He already had American, French, German, and Canadian companies queuing up for big contracts with him.""