Skip to comments.Israel has 80 nukes, can about triple inventory – report
Posted on 09/15/2013 11:54:22 PM PDT by TexGrill
Israel has never confirmed or denied possession of nuclear weapons, but according to new report by US experts it has at least 80 operative warheads and has enough material to produce up to 190 more.
In a report published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, nuclear weapon proliferation experts Robert S. Norris and Hans M. Kristensen assess that Israel stopped producing nuclear warheads back in 2004 once it reached around 80 munitions.
However, the country can easily double its arsenal since it has enough fissile material to build at least another 115 bombs, experts say.
There are rumors that Israel is equipping some of its submarines with nuclear-capable cruise missiles, the report says, echoing the 2013 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute yearbook on armament and international security which also suggested Israel could have nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missiles and reported the same assessment of nuke stockpiles.
The suspicions were fueled by the fact that Germany supplied Israel with five Dolphin-class submarines, allegedly capable of launching nuclear missiles, and signed a contract to build a sixth.
It remains unknown how many nuclear warheads of the total inventory could already be deployed, as Israel continues to maintain its long-standing policy of nuclear opacity. In December 2012, Israel once again dismissed the latest demand from the members of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to join the accord.
Israeli stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction have come under unusual scrutiny following the US-Russian roadmap for the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, which is seen as a significant step towards a WMD-free region.
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In that region, they are the only stable, Western Democracy with our values. Now that Obama has proven to be unreliable, the supposed arsenal is more important now than ever.
Only 80? LOL.
I’d say that number is just a wee bit low.
If Iran attacks, the largest concentration of living Iranians left should be California.
Atomic weapons? What atomic weapons? All those fell out of the boat that tipped over and sank.
“Id say that number is just a wee bit low.”
Carter, who used to be president, in much the same way Kerry fought in Vietnam, said they had 500. I’d guess that was closer to the truth. But since they started back in the sixties, probably some of these are ready for retirement.
17 Cities, 140,000,000 population. A good start.
RT? What a tool for Putan... What kind of journalism is this? Come on RT are they traditional or Weutron Narhead thingee’s, man you guys are slippin’....
I think they’d better hurry up.
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