Tags: does | israel | have | nuclear | weapons

Does Israel Have Nuclear Weapons? Answer Requires Reading Between Lines

Image: Does Israel Have Nuclear Weapons? Answer Requires Reading Between Lines
Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 02:19 PM

While Iran’s nuclear potential draws worldwide concern, questions about Israel’s nuclear weapons capability have gone largely ignored by world leaders, with answers requiring reading between the lines.

Israel’s nuclear arsenal has been an open secret since 1986, according to The Guardian.

Vote Now: Should the U.S. Continue to Support Israel?

That’s when technician Mordechai Vanunu blew the whistle on the nation’s nuclear program, which now includes an estimated 80 warheads, according to The Guardian. Still, Israel’s official stance is to neither confirm nor deny the existence of nuclear weapons.

Iran has faced economic sanctions for suspected moves toward a nuclear program, yet world leaders seem to tolerate Israel’s arsenal with an unspoken, "That’s different."

"Israel has never given any reason to doubt its solely defensive nature," Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said, according to The Washington Post. "Israel has never brandished its capabilities to exert regional influence, cow its adversaries or threaten its neighbors."

Between 1945, when the first nuclear weapon was detonated, and 1970, when most of the world agreed to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, every world power developed a nuclear weapon, and so did Israel, according to the Post.

The United States initially opposed Israel’s moves to develop a nuclear weapon, but seemed to turn a blind eye after private negotiations between President Richard Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.

Be Heard: Should the U.S. Cut Back Israel Support? Vote Here

"Essentially the bargain has been that Israel keeps its nuclear deterrent deep in the basement and Washington keeps its critique locked in the closet," Satloff said, according to the Post.

Along with keeping silent about its nuclear program, Israel hasn’t signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Writing for The New York Times, Victor Gilinsky and Henry Sokolski said the silence about Israel’s weapons has prevented meaningful negotiations over weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

"If Washington wants negotiations over weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East to work — or even just to avoid making America appear ridiculous — Mr. Obama should begin by being candid. He cannot expect the countries participating in a conference to take America seriously if the White House continues to pretend that we don’t know whether Israel has nuclear weapons," they wrote.

Gilinsky is a former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Sokolski a former deputy for nonproliferation policy in the defense department and executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center.

Editor's Note: Newsmax Readers Weigh In on Israel. Vote Now

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
FastFeatures
While Iran's nuclear potential draws worldwide concern, questions about Israel's nuclear weapons capability have gone largely ignored by world leaders, with answers requiring reading between the lines.
does, israel, have, nuclear, weapons
422
2014-19-28
Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 02:19 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved