What About Israel's Nuclear Weapons?

What About Israel’s Nuclear Weapons?

Readers periodically ask me some variation on this question: “Why does the press follow every jot and tittle of Iran’s nuclear program, but we never see any stories about Israel’s nuclear weapons capability?”

I spoke with several experts in the nuclear and nonproliferation fields , and they say that the lack of reporting on Israel’s nuclear weapons is real — and frustrating.

Because Israel has not signed the treaty, it is under no legal obligation to submit its major nuclear facility at Dimona to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections. Iran, in contrast, did sign the treaty and thus agrees to periodic inspections. IAEA inspectors are regularly in Iran…

“It’s like all things having to do with Israel and the United States. If you want to get ahead, you don’t talk about it; you don’t criticize Israel, you protect Israel. You don’t talk about illegal settlements on the West Bank even though everyone knows they are there.”

Because Israel is not threatening to wipe another country off the map.

Quite so. Iran’s existence is not in peril, especially as, due to its considerable oil resources, it is aided and sustained by several world powers and many close Islamic allies, whereas Israel’s existence has been jeopardized quite a few times.

Can you please clarify your concerns about the possibility of Israel possessing non conventional weapory.


Neither is Iran. What about Israel’s 400+ nukes? Are Israel’s neighbors just supposed to pretend they don’t exist?

All part of the continuing hypocrisy of our nuclear policy. We can have them, our friends can have them, but you can’t because we say you are dangerous.


What rock have you been hiding under? You haven’t heard Ahmadenajad’s threats precisely aimed at wiping Israel off the map?

What About Israel’s Nuclear Weapons?

Israel is not a state sponsor of terror…Iran is. Israel has not threatened genocide… Iran has. Israel is not run by a maniacal religious tyranny which espouses an apocalyptic world view…one that not only encourages but requires a destructive world war…Iran is.

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Except for those times Israel sent assassins to kill people all across the world right? Or all the times they have spied on their allied countries like the US? Or the times they have used illegal weaponry such as White Phosphorous weapons?

Oh, but Iran IS plotting to wipe Israel off the map!

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