A former Dimona worker told Maariv that the problems between Israel and America went beyond denied visas. The US has also created a “de-facto embargo” on equipment needed in the Dimona reactor, he said.
The refusal to sell Israel certain parts began after current US President Barack Obama took office, he said. When it comes to certain other pieces of equipment, he added, the US now permits sales only if Israeli officials explain exactly what the part will be used for.
It appears as though Obama wants to eviscerate the Israeli defense industry.
Reverse-engineering the parts won't be impossible, of course. It will take time and be expensive, but it is do-able.
Recall that Obama has also blocked the sale of US-made bombers to Israel.