Skip to comments.ISRAEL DISCLOSES ITS NUCLEAR OPTION
Posted on 11/03/2001 3:21:38 AM PST by CommiesOut
|ISRAEL DISCLOSES ITS NUCLEAR OPTION
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- For the first time, Israel has allowed an open discussion of its nuclear program.
The discussion is contained in a new documentary on Israel's nuclear capability. It is the first time the government has allowed the production and airing of such a program.
In contrast to previous documentaries on the subject produced abroad, Israeli leaders agreed to be interviewed. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres reviewed the history of Israel's nuclear program and its cooperation with France in the 1950s and 1960s.
Neither Peres nor any other Israeli official acknowledges that the Jewish state has nuclear weapons. Previous assessments have asserted that Israel has up to 200 nuclear warheads.
The documentary, "A Bomb in the Basement Israels Nuclear Option," was produced in France, Israel and the United States and quotes former U.S. officials recalling Washington's opposition to Israel's nuclear program. The documentary will be aired in Israel on Sunday.
"We thought it was a mistake on Israels part to develop nuclear weapons," Paul Warnke, former chief U.S. arms control negotiator, said.
The screening of the documentary comes amid Israel's quiet debate on increasing its nuclear deterrence in face of Iran's development of atomic weapons. Former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has privately urged a change in Israel's policy of nuclear ambiguity once Iran is assessed at having a nuclear weapon, expected as early as 2004.
France supplied most of the components and technology for Israel's nuclear program. The French secretly constructed the nuclear reactor in Dimona, which remains off-limits to international inspection. The project was supervised by French Atomic Energy Commission director Francois Perrin.
"Francois Perrin called [then-French Prime Minister] Guy Mollet the day after my visit and told him that Israel should be supplied with a nuclear bomb," former French defense official Abel Thomas said. "That's how it was."
The documentary quotes what it termed foreign sources as saying that Israel declared a nuclear alert three times in its history. The sources said that during the 1970s, Israel built three to five atom bombs annually and today has an arsenal of at least 200 nuclear weapons.
The film quotes military analyst and commentaror Zeev Schiff as saying that he was the only journalist allowed to tour the Dimona nuclear facility.
I just hope that educated Americans were less prone to propaganda efforts than the poor and ignorant Afghanis that OBL is jerking around.
I will never again believe that Islam is peaceful. It is a demon religion that must be destroyed. Why, because if we don't, IT will destroy us.
And yes, I know Muslims are instructed to lie to infidels, to lure us into a false sense of security until you become strong enough to conquer us, of course.
How do you feel about the carrying of guns by irresponsible tall children or the legally insane?
Oh yeah and the same thing has ben said about the Jews. It was crummy then and its crummy now, but that's how propaganda works.
You mean like America belongs to Native American Indians?
Don't like Gaza? Try Jordan. The Original Palistinian State.
BTW, welcome. I gotta run. Keep me posted on those Israeli "atrocities". Gives me a warm feeling just reading about them.
and before that:
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I meant Israel's nuclear weapons, read #15. UAIF's only voiced an opinion that Israel would be justified to nuke just about any country, not limited to their attackers, if they were to go down, and that that is a valid blackmail weapon to use to make America and Europe not to "abandon" their "ally".