U.S. should attack Israel, not Iran!

Posted: May 26, 2008 in Israel, Middle East, News & Views, Politics, U.S., War crimes, World News, Zionists

IISS: Israel has sizeable N-arsenal
Wed, 21 May 2008 02:57:02

The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has affirmed in a report that Israel has a ‘sizeable’ nuclear arsenal.

The report stated that Israel was considered to be a “de facto nuclear power with an advanced and sizeable arsenal,” even though the regime had never itself acknowledged openly its nuclear-weapons status, DPA reported.

“The fundamentals of Israel’s nuclear capabilities and policies, though never officially confirmed, are accepted as fact throughout the world,” the IISS stated.

Israel is widely beleived to have more than 200 nuclear warheads.

The report shows that in the 11 months between February 2006 and January 2007, at least 13 countries in the Middle East announced new or revived plans to pursue or explore civilian nuclear energy.

See Israel ignores IAEA

Israeli Nuclear Arsenal

Possible Nuclear Delivery Systems

Possible Nuclear Delivery Vehicle Year Deployed Maximum Range (km) Launcher Total Warhead Warhead Yield Notes
Jericho 1 1973 500 ~50 500 unknown
Jericho 2 1990 1,500 ~50 1,000 unknown
F-4E-2000 Phantom 1,600 50 7,200 unknown
F-16 Falcon 1980 630 205 5,400 unknown

Summary of Israel’s Possible Nuclear Delivery Systems:

    Despite refusals to comment on the issue by the Israeli government, the Israelis clearly have a sizeable nuclear arsenal. There are two interesting loopholes in Israel’s oft-repeated pledge never to be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into the region: The U.S. “introduced” weapons in the region in the 1950’s when nuclear bombs were stored at Dharan, Saudi Arabia and at sea in the Mediteranean Sixth Fleet. Also, it is believed that Israel might not keep her nuclear weapons fully assembled — keeping them “a screw away” from completion.

    The highly capable and well-equipped Israeli air force would more than suffice in the nuclear weapons delivery role, particularly with U.S.-supplied aircraft such as the F-4E and F-16. However, Israel has also produced ballistic missiles, against which its potential enemies have no defense. The Jericho I suffices for its immediate adversary of Syria, and the Jericho II brings the entire Middle East under Israel’s range, particularly Iran. The Shavit space-launch booster could also be adapted to a long-range nuclear delivery role, and given the decision, Israel would be able to develop an intercontinental balltic missile.

    The Israeli arsenal will likely remain stable in the years to come. Though Israel signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, it will likely not reduce or eliminate its nuclear arsenal of 100+ weapons. The Arab-Israeli peace process would have to advance far greater than it currently has for nuclear disarmament to be considered by the Israelis.

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