Moore55 asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 1 decade ago

How did Israel get nuclear weapons?

thinking that israel has only been around for not that long and the way it was founded....how are they being able to have 200 nukes, as rumored?

did the US help them with that? or some other nuclear country? i dont get it.

plus, if countries dont want other countries to have nukes, how did china, pakistan, and india get them? seems like they all just shared the know how.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Israel's nuclear weapons program was aided by other countries. After the Suez crisis in 1956, France agreed to help Israel build a nuclear reactor and reprocessing plant near Dimona which used natural uranium moderated by heavy water. Plutonium production started in about 1964. Top secret British documents obtained by BBC Newsnight show that Britain made hundreds of secret shipments of restricted materials to Israel in the 1950s and 1960s. These included specialist chemicals for reprocessing and samples of fissile material—uranium-235 in 1959, and plutonium in 1966, as well as highly enriched lithium-6 which is used to boost fission bombs and fuel hydrogen bombs. The investigation also showed that Britain shipped 20 tons of heavy water directly to Israel in 1959 and 1960 to start up the Dimona reactor. The transaction was made through a Norwegian front company called Noratom which took a 2% commission on the transaction. Britain was challenged about the heavy water deal at the IAEA after it was exposed on Newsnight in 2005. British Foreign Minister Kim Howells hid behind the Noratom contract and claimed this was a sale to Norway. But a former British intelligence officer who investigated the deal at the time confirmed that this was really a sale to Israel and the Noratom contract was just a charade.[5] The Foreign Office finally admitted in March 2006 that Britain knew the destination was Israel all along.[6]

    In 1961, the Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion informed the Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker that a pilot plutonium-separation plant would be built at Dimona. British intelligence concluded from this and other information that this "can only mean that Israel intends to produce nuclear weapons".[7] By 1969, U.S. Defense Secretary Melvin Laird believed that Israel might have a nuclear weapon that year.[8][9] Later that year, U.S. President Richard Nixon in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir pressed Israel to "make no visible introduction of nuclear weapons or undertake a nuclear test program", so maintaining a policy of nuclear ambiguity.[10] By 1979 U.S. Intelligence believed Israel had designs and fissile material for nuclear weapons, and were perhaps in a position so they could test a more advanced small tactical nuclear weapon or thermonuclear weapon trigger design.

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  • 5 years ago

    I think the U.S. should require that Israel give up all nuclear weapons or we stop providing financial and military aid to the country. The Middle East needs to become de-nuclearized.

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  • 4 years ago

    Israel has every right to have nuclear weapons, and we should help them in any way we can.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think its rather obvious that they got them from the United States since we are the largest provider of Arms and munitions in the world.

    We gave them to Israel so that the Mid East would not deteriorate into Chaos and become unstable!

    And we can Thank the Republicans for this!

    Thank God the Mid East is not unstable now right??????

    ROFLMAO!

    Source(s): A realist!
    • Chop5 years agoReport

      The middle east is always unstable.....

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  • 1 decade ago

    They have VERY close ties in the wepons manufacturing process with the u.s.

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  • 5 years ago

    Good.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They paid wholesale.....Oy.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    America gave those nukes to them..

    I think,,,,,, they did not give enough.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    they invented them.

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