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News: Nuclear Israël - An error from the new defense secretary Robert Gates?
The new defense secretary, Robert Gates, plunged the israeli autorities in embarrassment by recognizing openly that Israel had nuclear weapons. During his audience before a commission of the American Senate, he declared: "If Iran wishes to obtain nuclear weapon, it is because it is surrounded of powers which holds already this weapon as Pakistan in the east, Russia in the north and Israel in the west"! It is the first time that a very American senior official thus breaks the policy of "blur" deliberately maintained around the Israeli nuclear potential.
posted by Vitchilo
The article is in French but it says it all . . I'll try to translate it.
Nuclear israel - An error from the new defense secretary Robert Gates? 9 Dec 2006 “The new defense secretary, Robert Gates, plunged the Israeli authorities into embarrassment by recognizing openly that Israel had nuclear weapons. During his audience before a hearing of the Senate, he declared: "If Iran wishes to obtain nuclear weapon, it is because it is surrounded of powers which holds already this weapon as Pakistan in the east, Russia in the north and Israel in the west!” It is the first time that a very American senior official breaks the policy of "blurring" to deliberately maintain secrecy around the Israeli nuclear potential.
So here's a confirmation of the Israeli nuclear weapons. So maybe now we will see an end to the double standards? Israel/USA and the others? If Iran must be disarmed, Israel too. And Iran is not much more likely to nuke Israel than Israel is of nuking Iran. [Edited by Don W]
posted by psyopswatcher
Here's an MSNBC interactive that's been online for a while now:
Strategic Israel: The arsenal of an undeclared nuclear power
Iran has signed the NPT, they cannot produce bombs. They cannot violate a treaty they willingly signed to get uranium and now change their minds! They will be held accountable! The NPT says nothing about those who already possess nuclear weapons.
For Israel to possess nuclear weapons is highly unlikely. For one when you build a nuclear device, you need data and specifics and that can only be acheived through testing. Which is why all the permanent 5 that have nukes have tested them many times over. Israel hasnt done this! Which means either they have progressed so far in nuclear technology that they dont need to test a device or that they dont have one. Another thing about a nuclear device is delivery systems. Fed-Ex doesnt ship nukes anymore, and thus they have to have delivery systems capable of doing so. They havent announced any nuclear capable delivery systems of their own. This must mean that they have nuclear weapons that just fall out of the sky or they dont have nuclear weapos with them.
The last point is one of practicality. If Israel were to be attacked and it was in imminent danger than it is more than probable that its aggressors will be its closest neighbours. For Israel to nuke them in response would cause fallout in Israel itself, killing Israeli civilians. Not something Israel looks down upon. So it is either Israeli citizens die if they use them or they have technology so superioir that they have a "clean" bomb, without ever testing it!
Faisal, meanwhile, called on Israel to accept international inspection on its nuclear facilities, saying, "Israel has no excuse to develop nuclear arms."
Although widely believed to be the only nuclear power in the region, Israel has never admitted or denied that it has nuclear weapons.