When discussing its nuclear weapons program Israel has always maintained a policy known as “nuclear ambiguity, never officially admitting or denying a nuclear weapons program. Instead Israel has said it would not be the first country to “introduce” nuclear weapons to the Middle East while never explaining whether the word “introduce” meant develop weapons, or use them in the battlefield.
In mid-February, perhaps as revenge for the Netanyahu speech at congress President Obama’s Department of Defense released a 28-year-old report which not only details Israel’s nuclear weapons program but the U.S. participation.
As originally reported in Court House News
The release comes after Grant Smith, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy filed filed a FOIA request last year and followed with a lawsuit in September seeking to compel release of the report.
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In February the US Govt. strangely stopped fighting the release of the report
The government handed over the document in the midst of political
controversy involving Israel, after months of fighting its release. The
government, represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura
Jennings and DOD counsel Mark Herrington, had taken the position that
confidentiality agreements necessitated a “line by line” review of the report.
Government lawyers then argued that the document’s release is optional rather than mandatory, adding that “Diplomatic relations dictate that DoD seeks Israel’s review.”
In its release, the government redacted sections on NATO countries, with Smith’s agreement. The portions relating to Israel provide a detailed and straightforward assessment of that nation’s nuclear program.
According to the 1987 report:
Israel is “developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level,” reveals the report, stating that in the 1980s Israelis were reaching the ability to create bombs considered a thousand times more powerful than atom bombs.
The revelation marks a first in which the US published in a document a description of how Israel attained hydrogen bombs.
The report also notes research laboratories in Israel “are equivalent to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories,” the key labs in developing America’s nuclear arsenal.
Israel’s nuclear infrastructure is “an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at our National Laboratories,” it adds.
“As far as nuclear technology is concerned the Israelis are roughly where the U.S. was in the fission weapon field in about 1955 to 1960,” the report reveals, noting a time frame just after America tested its first hydrogen bomb.
Institute for Defense Analysis, a federally funded agency operating under the Pentagon, penned the report back in 1987.
Aside from nuclear capabilities, the report revealed Israel at the time had “a totally integrated effort in systems development throughout the nation,” with electronic combat all in one “integrated system, not separated systems for the Army, Navy and Air Force.” It even acknowledged that in some cases, Israeli military technology “is more advanced than in the U.S.”
There is no proof that the US stopped fighting the report’s release because Obama wanted revenge for Bibi’s speech, but the timing is suspect. Gee with friends like Obama…