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Israel's Openly Secret Nukes by ProQuest


This off-handed reference to Israel's nuclear capabilities was unusual for U.S. officials, who are usually mute on the issue. According to a May 26 story from BBC News, however, "most experts estimate that Israel has between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on information leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper in the 19805 by Mordechai Vanunu, a former worker at the country's Dimona nuclear reactor."U.S. officials usually follow Israel's policy of "nuclear ambiguity," which neither confirms nor denies Israel's nuclear capacity. This is official deception and it has allowed Israel to ignore the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, as well as conventions on biological and chemical weapons.[Jimmy Carter]'s casual mention of Israel's nukes seems to be just another of his attempts to bring more sanity to Middle East negotiations. In the current dustup over the IAEA Iran report, for example, wouldn't it be reasonable to argue that Iran may seek nukes because one of its major adversaries is bristling with nuclear weapons and, as a recent Israeli bombing raid into Syria revealed, is increasingly trigger-happy?

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