It’s Official: The Pentagon Finally Admitted That Israel Has Nuclear Weapons, Too
William Greider on March 20, 2015 - 10:56 AM ET
Early last month the Department of Defense released a secret report done in 1987 by the Pentagon-funded Institute for Defense Analysis that essentially confirms the existence of Israel’s nukes. DOD was responding to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Grant Smith, an investigative reporter and author who heads the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy. Smith said he thinks this is the first time the US government has ever provided official recognition of the long-standing reality.
The newly released report—“Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations”—describes Israel’s nuclear infrastructure in broad terms, but the dimensions are awesome. Israel’s nuclear research labs, the IDA researchers reported, “are equivalent to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.” Indeed, the investigators observed that Israel’s facilities are “an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at our National Laboratories.”
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Early last February, the U.S. declassified a 1987 report on the nuclear capabilities of Israel and some NATO countries, and that marks the 1st time the U.S. has officially acknowledged that Israel has nuclear weapons. Despite the fact that this came well before the recent blunders by Netanyahu, some wingnuts are claiming that this is payback from the Obama Administration.
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