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.
Not worth the effort...
I have not seen it refuted, so I take it upon myself to state that there are well in excess of 5 million Jews in Israel and the Territories. There are also some 1 million Muslims who are citizens and residents of Israel. There are also some 1 million persons who are neither Muslims nor Jews, and this would include European and Asian Christian guest workers as well as overstayed tourists, and local Christians of Greek, Armenian, and others as well as "Palestinian" ie Arabic-speaaking, stock...
I think we need these numbers to put the some 2 million (at most) Islamic Arab Palestinians into perspective when they say that that "their" country is being "occupied" by someone else. If Israel is "occupying" the land between Jordan and Mediterranean, then the United States is "occupying" Indiana, and Britain is "occupying" Stratford upon Avon.
France got the bomb but dont you grieve,
cause theyre on our side. I believe.
China got the bomb but have no fear,
They cant wipe us out for at least 5 years.
Then Indonesia said that they
Were gonna get one any day
South Africa wants two, thats right,
One for the black and one for the white.
Egypts gonna get one too
Just to use on you know who,
Israels getting tense,
wants one in self defense.
The Lords our shepherd says the Psalm
But just in case,
Were gonna get a bomb
Luxembourg is next to go,
And who knows,
Well try to stay serene and calm,
When Alabama gets the bomb
With apologies to Tom Lehrer
The Arabs should make peace with Israel. There is no reason for them to continue their hateful rhetoric, especially considering the west's support for a Palestinian state. It's time for the Arab states to step forward and offer a quid pro quo.
Any country? No. Just the nearby Muslim nations. Israel will not waste precious time trying to figure out *exactly* who done it. The hammer will drop on the Arab Muslim world. Just as it should. Some oil fields will be obliterated too.
Oh no, don't tell me Israel got their bomb from FRANCE! And all this time I thought Israel was a nuclear power.
If their bombs work as well as Renault cars, the Arabs will be able to salvage any that fall on them and sell them to Japan as scrap iron.
The same as I feel about responsible short criminals and small insane children.
Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
God. Joshua 1, vs.2. ~2000 years BC (or ~3560 years before Shakespeare).
Muhammed, the founder of Islam, lived from about 570 AD - 632 AD.
So the relationship with Israel is based on fear of Israel nuking the oil fields? Nice "ally" we have there. That fully realizes that its nukes can be used as blackmail. But it's not blackmail. Uhuh.