Israel's Open (H-Bomb) Secret Confirmed

Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates both seemed to acknowledge Israel's nuclear arsenal in public statements made late last year. On Dec. 10, Olmert, speaking about Iran on TV news in Germany, asked, "are [they] aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as America, France, Israel, Russia?"

For decades, Israel has refused to say that it has nuclear weapons, even after it imprisoned Mordechai Vanunu, a weapons lab whistle-blower, for 18 years for informing The Times of London of his own work on the arsenal.

Testifying in his Senate confirmation hearings, Secretary Gates said about Iran, "They are surrounded by powers with nuclear weapons: Pakistan to the east, the Russians to the north, the Israelis to the west and us in the Persian Gulf."

The reference to the Persian Gulf appears to confirm the presence of nuclear-armed Cruise missiles on U.S. subs currently attached to aircraft carrier battle groups in the Gulf.

-Nukewatch Quarterly, Spring 2007