Israel ‘has 150 nuclear weapons’

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal. The Israelis have never confirmed they have nuclear weapons, but this has been widely assumed since a scientist leaked details in the 1980s.

Mr Carter made his comments on Israel’s weapons at a press conference at the annual literary Hay Festival in Wales.He also described Israeli treatment of Palestinians as “one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth”. Mr Carter gave the figure for the Israeli nuclear arsenal in response to a question on US policy on a possible nuclear-armed Iran, arguing that any country newly armed with atomic weapons faced overwhelming odds.
“The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons; the Soviet Union (sic) has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more,” he said.

Israel’s Dimona reactor is understood to provide plutonium for the country’s nuclear weapons
“We have a phalanx of enormous capabilities, not only of weaponry but also of rockets to deliver every one of those missiles on a pinpoint accuracy target.”

Most experts estimate that Israel has between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on information leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper in the 1980s by Mordechai Vanunu, a former worker at the country’s Dimona nuclear reactor.

The US, a key ally of Israel, has in general followed the country’s policy of “nuclear ambiguity”, neither confirming or denying the existence of its assumed arsenal. However, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert included Israel among a list of nuclear states in comments in December 2006, a week after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates used a similar form of words during a Senate hearing.

Former Israeli military intelligence chief Aharon Zeevi-Farkash told Reuters news agency he considered Mr Carter’s comments “irresponsible”.
“The problem is that there are those who can use these statements when it comes to discussing the international effort to prevent Iran getting nuclear weapons,” he said.

‘Imprisonment’
During the press briefing, Mr Carter expressed his support for Israel as a country, but criticised its domestic and foreign policy. “One of the greatest human rights crimes on earth is the starvation and imprisonment of 1.6m Palestinians,” he said.

The former US president cited statistics which he said showed the nutritional intake of some Palestinian children was below that of children in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as saying the European position on Israel could be best described as “supine”. Mr Carter, awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, brokered the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty, the first between Israel and an Arab state.
In April he controversially held talks in the Syrian capital Damascus with Khaled Meshaal, leader of the militant Palestinian movement Hamas. The former US president’s Carter Center was unavailable for further comment.

Ref: BBC

2 Responses

  1. Since Nazi-Germany killed six million Jews, the state of Israel has the right to defend it self. If Israel has nuclear weapons, they will only be used if Israel is attacked by such weapons. Since nations like Iran is likely to strike Israel with nuclear weapons, it would not be advisable for Israel to give up such weapons, if they have such. I guess they have, be we can no be sure.

  2. Ivar,

    There were not Isarhell during the WW II.
    What happend in EUROPE is an EUROPEAN THING.
    See it as a accumulation of racism, colonialism and bad masculinity.’
    For this EUROPE is to be blamed.
    But this history should not be used to excuse other horrible things.

    Israhell have over 150 NUCLEAR WEAPONS which they have produced ILLEGALLY. Now Ivar, this is fact and please use your apologetic network to find me evidence of the contrary. Let us be sure of the reality which you have ha

    Isarhell has no more rights than any other country to defend itself. Israhell have invaded and keeps invading every neighboring country. Israhell displays an aggression that is UNMATCHED in other parts of the world. The onslaughter of Gaza just being the latest in that row.

    Having a state like that which ILLEGALLY have obtained WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION is not only a crime and scary but must be stoped before they invade and kill even more humans!!!

    Therefor IRAN not only have all the rights to obtain weapons but MUST in order not to become slaves of the imperialistic American forces and the hateful Isarhell.

    But so far they are not doing that. They are just developing their nuclear technology. Which they are entitled to do under International law.

    /A

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