US Pentagon report acknowledges Israel has the bomb!

Ever since the early 1970s, the United States and Israel have maintained what nuclear proliferation experts call “a policy of ambiguity” on Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Namely, American and Israeli officials will neither confirm nor deny that Israel has nuclear weapons. The reason for this pretended vagueness is the 1976 Symington Amendment, which prevents the US from providing any economic or military assistance to countries “that deliver or receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology”. Now, however, a declassified report by the US Pentagon has been found to confirm that Israel has a nuclear weapons arsenal. The US Joint Forces Command study (pdf), which was compiled last year by the US Army, includes Israel among the world’s nuclear powers. Specifically, on page 37, the report mentions what it calls “a growing arc of nuclear powers running from Israel in the west through an emerging Iran to Pakistan, India, and on to China, North Korea, and Russia in the east”. It is suggested that this may be the first time that an unclassified US government report confirms Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal, which is estimated to range from several dozen to over 400 warheads. It is still unclear whether US Pentagon or other government officials have been queried about the report. Last February, however, when President Barack Obama was asked by veteran White House reporter Helen Tomas whether he was aware of any existing nuclear states in the Middle East, he went to great pains to avoid the question. This has also been the policy of Defense Secretary Robert Gates; speaking during his December 2006 congressional confirmation hearings, Gates included Israel in a list of nuclear powers in Iran’s geostrategic neighborhood. However, since assuming the post of Defense Secretary, Gates has refused to repeat this statement, arguing that he was “a private citizen” when he used it in 2006.

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