Friday, January 11, 2008

CIA Knew in 1974 about Israel's Now Not-so-Secret Nuclear Arsenal

Israel's Dimona nuclear facilities, long described by the Israeli government as a desalinization plant. People fooled=Zero.

CIA: We said back in 1974 that Israel had nuclear weapons
By Amir Oren, Haaretz Correspondent

The Central Intelligence Agency, backed by bodies including the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Defense Intelligence Agency, determined in August 1974 that Israel had nuclear "weapons in being," a "small number" of which it "produced and stockpiled." Israel was also suspected of providing nuclear materials, equipment or technology to Iran [ironic since the Pahlavi nuclear project, which was discontinued on the orders of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ruhollah Khumayni who considered them religiously prohibited, is the basis of the program which was restarted after his death in 1989], South Africa [Israel did not observe the largely world-wide trade embargo on apartheid South Africa] and other then-friendly countries.

Note: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert remarked in 2006 that Iran wanted wanted nuclear weapons because many of its neighbors, such as Pakistan and Israel, did, clumsily breaking the state's long-standing ambiguity on the issue of whether Israel possessed nuclear weapons.

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