Originally posted by star in a jar
I'd bet they have nuclear devices already in cities all over the world, hidden in vacant apartments- no need for missile delivery systems.
It's part of their threat to destroy the world if Israel goes down, if only in name or government.
Pre-positioning nuclear devices in the manner you're describing isn't a very practical plan for a variety of reasons...I'll touch on the biggest
ones in passing:
1) Command and control...or, in layman's terms, making sure that the devices don't initiate until
you want them to, while making sure that
they do initiate when
you want them to. The sort of clandestine, distributed network this plan would create is probably the 'worst possible
case' for your command structure.
2) Maintenance. Believe it or not, nuclear weapons are fairly maintenance-intensive devices, and even when well maintained, they have a 'shelf
life', requiring periodic refurbishment or replacement (that is, in fact, a worry with the US nuclear arsenal currently. A lot of our devices are
nearing their 'expiration dates'). Spreading your warheads out in advance makes an already complex maintenance situation orders of magnitude worse.
3) Site security. Assuming you did place a nuclear device in a vacant apartment, how do you make certain it's not discovered? How do you keep random
(or not-so-random) people away from your device? One squatter, homeless person, prospective renter, building inspector, fire marshal, or would-be
thief could blow the cover on your entire operation.
4) Site integrity. Perhaps a subset of point 3 above. What happens if your vacant building catches fire, floods, or gets involved in any of the
surprisingly common things that can severely damage or destroy buildings at random?
I'd also be interested in any evidence you have for the idea that Israel has plans to 'destroy the world if Israel goes down'. I have lots of
problems with the IDF, particularly where command and control are concerned, but that sort of thinking doesn't fit with their history. I might
believe they'd do a laydown on Gaza, Syria, or even Iran on the way out, but not the entire world.