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Israel rattling the nuclear sabre?

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Israel rattling the nuclear sabre?

PostMon Sep 03, 2018 11:47 pm ... r-weapons/

September 2, 2018 at 10:00 pm
Written by Middle East Monitor

Standing next to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “wipe out” his enemies. In a speech that many will see as the Jewish state breaking its long silence over the possession of nuclear weapons, the Likud leader warned that it has the means to destroy its enemies.

“Those who threaten to wipe us out put themselves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal,” he said on Wednesday during a ceremony to rename the complex, near the desert town of Dimona. The site has long been suspected to be the location where Israel has been developing nuclear weapons.

Iran hit back by describing Netanyahu as a “warmonger”. The threat “atomic annihilation” against the Islamic Republic was denounced as “beyond shameless in the gall”.

“Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account.

Zarif also commented on Israel’s nuclear programme saying: “As the world marks Int’l Day against Nuclear Tests, let’s remember that only nuclear bombs in our region belong to Israel and the US; the former a habitual aggressor & the latter the sole user of nukes. Let’s also remember that Iran has called for Nuclear Weapon Free Zone since 1974.”

Israel has never acknowledged possessing nuclear weapons, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity”. Foreign reports have put the size of Israel’s nuclear arsenal in the dozens to hundreds of weapons.

Earlier this month a science journal published by Princeton University’s Science and Global Security journal claimed that Israel conducted illegal nuclear test in contravention of international law.

Netanyahu’s remarks came as Israel lobbies world powers to follow the US in exiting a 2015 international deal with Iran that capped the Islamic Republic’s nuclear capabilities.
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Re: Israel rattling the nuclear sabre?

PostTue Sep 04, 2018 3:35 pm

Saddam with his 122 mile range missiles wasn't a threat to us, Gaddafi gave up his weapons, Assad in an article in National Geographic about eight years or so back was actually praised as to bringing Syria into the twenty-first century but at the end of the article he mentioned the "officially a state of war exists between us and Israel", Yemen and Iran are mostly Shia Muslims so I guess with Suadi being Sunni and "friends" of us (and Israel) they're persona non grata. ... s/74786901
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