|Israel produces 10-15 atomic bombs each year: report||
The Israeli regime has produced 690-950 kg of plutonium and is continuing to build from 10 to 15 nuclear bombs of the Nagasaki type each year, a report says.
Israel, which also develops very sophisticated chemical weapons in addition to biological and nuclear weapons, refuses to sign any international treaty to allow the UN to inspect its nuclear, chemical, and biological arsenals, Jane's Defense Weekly reported.
The report added that Israel, the only nuclear power in the Middle East, has 100 to 300 nuclear warheads and their appropriate vectors (ballistic and cruise missiles and fighter-bombers).
According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) estimates, Israel has produced 690-950 kg of plutonium, and continues to build as much as necessary to make from 10 to 15 bombs of the Nagasaki type each year.
Israel has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), nor the Convention Banning Biological Weapons, and has signed but not ratified the Convention Banning Chemical Weapons.
The entrance of the Israel Institute for Biological Research, Ness- Ziona is the cover for the research and manufacturing of Israeli chemical and biological weapons.
Israel also produces tritium, a radioactive gas with which neutron warheads are made, which causes minor radioactive contamination but higher lethality.
According to various international reports, also quoted by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, biological and chemical weapons are developed at the Institute for Biological Research, located in Ness- Ziona, near Tel Aviv.
Officially, 160 scientists and 170 technicians are part of the staff, who for five decades have performed research in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, physics and other scientific disciplines.
The Institute, along with the Dimona nuclear center, is “one of the most secretive institutions in Israel” under direct jurisdiction of the prime minister.
Meir refused to launch nuclear attack in 1973
Meanwhile, an Israeli former official said on Sunday that Moshe Dayan had urged Golda Meir to prepare to launch a nuclear strike during the 1973 October War — but Meir refused.
Arnon Azaryahu, a former aid to Israel Galili, a cabinet minister during the war, said in an interview that Dayan, who was defense minister at the time, suggested that Meir, then prime minister, order to begin preparations to enable a nuclear attack on Oct. 8, the second day of the war that broke out 40 years ago when Syria and Egypt simultaneously mounted a attack against Israel.
Dayan, Azaryahu said, told Meir that “since the situation is very bad, it would be worthwhile, since we don’t have a lot of time and a lot of options, that we prepare to show the nuclear option.”
Azaryahu said this during a filmed interview published for the first time on the website of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Meir, Azaryahu said, declined.
The interview with Azaryahu was conducted several years ago by Avner Cohen, a historian who specializes in Israel’s nuclear arms program — a capability which Israel has neither confirmed nor denied as part of its policy of ambiguity on the subject.
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