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Dec 15, 2011

Israel Nuclear Strategy

During the past few decades, there have been numerous reports about Israel’s nuclear arsenal. The American CIA reported that Israel possesses between 200 and 300 nuclear heads. The history of the development of nuclear research goes back to the 1950s. the three major western powers have extended their technical help to the Israeli government directly and indirectly. France provided the nuclear reactor, Britain provided the heavy water and the processed uranium was stolen by an Israeli agent from the Pennsylvania reactor. When the investigation of the theft led to Israel, President Johnson ordered the file to be closed.

In a previous post, I provided information on Israeli nuclear strategy and the wars it conducted to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and the suspected Syrian one in 2007. In addition to that, Israeli agents have conducted a campaign of assassination of Arabs as well as Iranian nuclear scientists.

The Israeli strategy is clearly defined: no state in the Middle East should acquire nuclear weapons, so that Israel remains the only state with WMD. Last year, when the Jordanian government announced their water purification project by using a nuclear reactor as the main source of energy, both Israel and the U.S. objected to it. The objection came as a result of Jordan contracting with French and South Korean private companies to process the raw uranium that is available in large quantities in Jordan, to be used as fuel for the proposed reactor. Both the U.S. and Israel suggested that Jordan should import the processed uranium from abroad.

It is unfortunate to say that the U.S. foreign policy regarding nuclear weapons has been one-sided, which is reflected in his campaign to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear bombs.

For the past fifteen years, Egypt has been introducing proposals at both the U.N. and the International Nuclear Agency advocating a policy to turn the Middle East into a region free of weapons of mass destruction. In one-way or another, the U.S. has always kept rejecting the proposal.

Nevertheless, during the past few weeks, the issue of the possibility of Iran possessing nuclear bombs is creating a panicky situation among the Saudi regime.

In a Arab Gulf Security Meeting, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who was also the previous Saudi Intelligence Chief, and a previous Saudi ambassador to the U.S., said that Saudi Arabia should acquire a nuclear bomb. This is necessary in light of the Israeli and Iranian potential of having WMD.

Since Israel has refused to consider the proposal of turning the Middle East region into a zone free of WMD, Iran will end up getting their bomb and then the Saudis will have no choice but to get one, too.

The prince emphasized the need to protect the Arab people in the Gulf region from the possibility of future nuclear threats. In a previous post, I suggested the creation of an Arab nuclear research institute that would provide the facilities for research and gather the nuclear scientists from the Arab world to work collectively for the benefit of the Arab world.

Egypt is the most capable of providing the majority of the talent needed and the oil producing Arab countries should provide the financial support for such badly needed technology in the Arab world.

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