By David Caspi
HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ISRAELI FILM PRODUCER Arnon Milchan has been linked to Israel’s alleged nuclear program in a newly published book. In “Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan,” biographers Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman, uncover Milchan’s early days in the city of Rechovot, until his rise to fame and friendships with Israeli prime ministers, U.S. presidents and Hollywood stars, all the while secretly being in service for the Israeli security industry.
According to the new biography, Milchan, who has met with the authors to confirm and correct facts stated in the book, has become a close ally of longtime politician and reigning Israeli president, Mr. Shimon Peres. The bond goes back to the early 1960’s, when Peres was Deputy Minister of Defense. In the 1970’s, when Peres became Minister of Defense, he himself recruited Milchan as an agent for the secretive Science Liaison Bureau.
Milchan (66), head of New Regency Productions and the owner of the WTA broadcasting rights, has produced countless film blockbusters, such as ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Natural Born Killers,”Unfaithful,’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ and most recently the romantic action comedy ‘Knight and Day,’ starring Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz. Through his endeavors, Milchan, who also maintains a partnership with media mogul Rupert Murdoch at 20th Century Fox, has attained a net worth estimated at about $4 billion as of 2011, and is listed as the 268th richest person in the world by Forbes Magazine.
Unauthorized reports believe that Israel is the sixth country in the world to have developed nuclear weapons and one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognized as a Nuclear Weapons State by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel maintains a policy known as “nuclear ambiguity”, never admitting to anything and it would be interesting to follow how Milchan’s claimed association would be perceived – Perhaps a future Hollywood blockbuster?