March 26, 2015

BIBI BROUGHT A KNIFE TO A GUN FIGHT:

In Shocking Breach, U.S. Declassifies Document Revealing Some of Israel's Nuclear Capabilities (Tom Gross, March 26, 2015, Weekly Standard)

On February 12, the Pentagon quietly declassified a top-secret 386-page Department of Defense document from 1987 detailing Israel's nuclear program - the first time Israel's alleged nuclear program has ever been officially and publically referenced by the U.S. authorities.

In the declassified document, the Pentagon reveals supposed details about Israel's deterrence capabilities, but it kept sections on France, Germany, and Italy classified. Those sections are blacked out in the document.

The two main exceptions in the international media that wrote about the declassification at the time were the state-funded Iranian regime station Press TV and the state-funded Russian station RT. 

Both these media were rumored to have been tipped off about this obscure report at the time by persons in Washington. (Both the RT and PressTV stories falsely claim that the U.S. gave Israel help in building a hydrogen bomb. This is incorrect.)

Israel has never admitted to having nuclear weapons. To do so might spark a regional nuclear arms race, and eventual nuclear confrontation.

The declassification is a serious breach of decades' old understandings concerning this issue between Israel and its north American and certain European allies.

Cutting Losses on Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel Eyes Small Print (Dan Williams and John Irish, 3/26/15, Reuters) 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed.

The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech to the U.S. Congress earlier this month in which he argued against world powers letting Tehran keep thousands of uranium centrifuges and remain on possible course to a bomb.

Really?  Is anyone outside the rightwing bubble surprised he folded?

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