Iran Has 0 Nukes While Israel’s 80 Nuclear Weapons Are Real Threat To Peace

Israel is capable of delivering a nuclear warhead three ways: through fighter jets, a midrange missile system, or using submarines.
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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on an illustration describing Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. [REUTERS/Keith Bedford]

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on an illustration describing Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. [REUTERS/Keith Bedford]

    JERUSALEM — While the Iran deal is often touted as the only possible solution to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, both U.S. and Israeli intelligence reports suggest that country never intended to build a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, Israel, one of its regional neighbors, possesses not only 80 functioning nuclear warheads but also the capability to use them.

    Israel’s nuclear weapons program probably dates back to the 1950s, when U.S. surveillance flights first detected suspicious activity, according to a report from Bruce Riedel, a columnist with Al-Monitor, a news site offering analysis of events in the Middle East.

    “President John F. Kennedy pressed Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion very hard not to proceed with a weapons program, arguing it would precipitate a regional nuclear arms race,” noted Riedel. “Under pressure from Kennedy, Israel agreed to American inspections of its French-supplied Dimona reactor, but then systematically blocked any serious inspection process.”



    By the time Nixon became President, the United States moved from objecting to Israel’s nuclear weapons to protecting the program. Israel never signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty and, as Matt Peppe noted on MyMPN, the MintPress News blog, the U.S. helped Israel block efforts by the U.N. to prevent nuclear conflict in the Middle East.

    There was ample evidence in 2013 to allow the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a nonprofit devoted to preventing the proliferation and use of nuclear weapons technologies, to declare that Israel has at least 80 nuclear warheads. Using Defense Department sources, NTI estimates that Israel possessed enough material to create as many as 190 warheads, but halted construction prior to reaching that number.

    Although the Israeli government formally refuses to comment on the existence of its nuclear weapons program, it’s become a rarely acknowledged “open secret,” as Julian Borger noted last year in the Guardian. In late 2013, a former speaker of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, shockingly admitted to the program’s existence, leading to calls by Israeli conservatives that he be tried for treason. Western governments, Borger added, also uphold this air of secrecy:

    “In 2009, when a veteran Washington reporter, Helen Thomas, asked Barack Obama in the first month of his presidency if he knew of any country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons, he dodged the trapdoor by saying only that he did not wish to ‘speculate.’

    UK governments have generally followed suit. Asked in the House of Lords in November about Israeli nuclear weapons, Baroness Warsi answered tangentially. ‘Israel has not declared a nuclear weapons programme.’”

    According to Riedel, Israel not only possesses dozens of nuclear warheads, but also three separate methods of delivering those weapons to a target. F-15 and F-16 fighter jets, supplied by the U.S. military, “can deliver nuclear weapons anywhere in the Middle East,” adding that “The Israeli air force has a well-deserved reputation as the best air force in the region with the best pilots.”

    Riedel reported that Israel can also deliver Nuclear weapons through the “Jericho” midrange missile system, developed by France, and using cruise-missiles on German-built submarines.

    Borger, in his report to The Guardian, highlighted the hypocrisy of so many countries supposedly dedicated to nuclear nonproliferation:

    “The list of nations that secretly sold Israel the material and expertise to make nuclear warheads, or who turned a blind eye to its theft, include today’s staunchest campaigners against proliferation: the US, France, Germany, Britain and even Norway.”

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    • Chinbato ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

      What a retarded and bull&shyshit story from a clearly biased anti-semetic rag. Israel doesnt threaten to wipe Iran off the map, yet Iran threatens to wipe Israel off the map on a DAILY basis. Try defending Irans bull&shyshit rhetoric now…. Clueless bi&shytches…

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    • Robert Munro
    • Robert Munro

      “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.”
      Moshe Dayan

      Rabid dogs MUST be destroyed for the good of humanity. They are capable of NOTHING, except
      spreading their disease.

      The world had best believe the threats of this psychopathic cult and eradicate their capability to harm humanity before they exercise their limitless greed and megalomania.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTE_Eshm2xw

      http://www.vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres10/SamsonOption.pdf

      Martin VanCreveld, a professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has been quoted as saying: “Most European capitals are targets for our air force….We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”

      Israeli official justified Israel’s threats. “You Americans screwed us” in not supporting Israel in its 1956 war with Egypt. We can still remember the smell of Auschwitz and Treblinka. Next time we’ll take all of you with us.”

      Ariel Sharon said “We are much more important than Americans think. We can take the middle east with us whenever we go” and “Arabs may have the oil, but we have the matches.”

      Israeli President,Shimon Peres has admitted that nuclear weapons are used by Israel for “compellent purposes” – i.e., forcing others to accept Israeli political demands. In 1998 Peres was quoted as saying, “We have built a nuclear option, not in order to have a Hiroshima, but to have our own Oslo.” (BLACKMAIL)

      Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, said “If left to its own Israel will have no choice but to fall back on a riskier defense which will endanger itself and the world at large… To enable Israel to abstain from dependence on
      nuclear arms calls for $2 to 3 billion per year in U.S. aid.”
      (Clear Blackmail)

      The state of Israel has violated every treaty they have signed. Today they are the world’s most prolific violator of
      international law. According to the Pentagon, Israel has between 200 and 400 nuclear weapons, ranging from suitcase-size “terrorist” bombs to thermonuclear warheads. Israel also has deployed the “Jericho III” intercontinental ballistic missile system, capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the Central United States. They also have submarines capable of launching nuclear armed missiles anywhere in the world.

      (one must wonder why such a tiny, insignificant state should feel the need for such weapons).

    • Mimi

      Agreed, John R. While I’d love nothing more than to cast my vote for Bernie Sanders, he is pro-Israel and therefore cannot in good conscience vote for him.

    • John R

      It is amazing to see no comments about this article. If this article was about the Iran deal and how bad it is you would have seen 100’s of comments. But because this article is telling the truth and asking a question that everyone should be asking and it is about Israel there is silence. This is a compliment to the Israelis PR machine who has successfully trained the whole world to look the other way when it comes to their policies and actions. There is not a single US politician who even dares to discuss or bring-up topics like this?