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Spies Among Us Prove Israel Has the Bomb?

Yesterday, an American mechanical engineer for a US Army weapons center was arrested for disclosing classified defense information to none other than our own allies, the Israelis.

Ben-Ami Kadish is being accused of acting as an illegal agent (read: spy) for the Israelis from 1979 to 2008 without notifying anyone in the US Attorney General’s office. Between 1979 and 1985, it is alleged that Kadish took classified documents to his home in New Jersey where his contact (code named CC-1) would photograph the sensitive material. One of the documents contained restricted information concerning nuclear weaponry.

Even more interesting, are rumors that are circulating concerning Israel’s current nuclear capabilities. Mordechai Vanunu, who has been imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years for treason, was convicted for telling a British newspaper in 1986 about his work as a technician at Israel’s main atomic reactor. This was the first time anyone was willing to come forward with physical proof of Israel’s nuclear assets. It gets trickier, just


To this day, Israel will not officially admit to having the Middle East’s only nuclear weapons under a policy called “strategic ambiguity.” Of the eight nuclear states, only five are legal under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Three, India, Pakistan, and Israel have not signed the NPT. In fact, there are about 29,000 warheads in the world. It would take a lot of ducking and covering to withstand that kind of blast.

Is it even possible for some countries to have nuclear weapons while some don't? Can anyone control it? What do you think is the effect of Israel being the only nuclear state in the Middle East? If the capability for the weaponry already exists, is it even possible to get rid of them now? Should we try?


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stephley stephley 9 years
I'm not blaming you for anything, I am taking issue with the notion that we usually do what's right for everyone. We're just like most other people in the world: we do what we think is best for us.
sherri sherri 9 years
Pick me, please. I have high hopes. :)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I would equate it more with a mother who says, "Do as I say, not as I do." I heard that a lot from my parents as well.... Stephley, you're right as well. But there is also the goodwill of us fighting to save Europe/the world twice that most other countries seem to overlook. I have no apologies for the sins of my fathers. Don't blame me/my generation for their mistakes.
stephley stephley 9 years
No Dave, it's not solely due to this Administration. Probably goes back to the Monroe Doctrine.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
"I would equate it with a mom keeping a knife away from a small child." I would equate it more with a mother who says, "Do as I say, not as I do."
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
You're right, and that's due to this administration. Like I said, there are exceptions...
stephley stephley 9 years
" I'm not saying that Americans are the best individuals, but we have shown that as a democracy, we usually do what is right for everyone, not just Americans" You might want to travel around a little and ask people from other countries what they think of that statement. We're not widely seen as That Kindly Democracy in the West, even by our friends.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I would equate it with a mom keeping a knife away from a small child. I'm not saying that Americans are the best individuals, but we have shown that as a democracy, we usually do what is right for everyone, not just Americans (and yes, I understand that there are exceptions here...)
kpelli73 kpelli73 9 years
I agree absolutely with others who say they wish no one had nuclear weapons, but where do we (the US) get off trying to tell other countries,"We have the bomb, but you can't have it." Absolute and total hypocrisy if you ask me.
stephley stephley 9 years
Don't tell Iran about the Wikipedi entry on Israel's nuclear program.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
This is so weird we were actually talking about this last night in my Gov't class. I'm not surprised that Isreal has a bomb. I would be more worried w/ Iran and N. Korea having nuclear weapons but I know they probably already do. :SCARED:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
By possessing nuclear weapons for apparently now over a decade Israel would be the one to blame for any nuclear arms race in the Middle East. It is no wonder the President of Iran if flipping his nose at the world and proceeding with a nuclear program. The nuclear arms race in the Middle East has begun. Hopefuly the powers that be will be able to set aside self interest and work for the common good of reducing these arms, but if prophecy and or Nostradamus are correct God help us all.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It's more of an open secret, actually, at least according to Israeli friends I have. The possession of the bomb in this case has so far acted as a deterrent to invasion and outright attack. Though not, of course, doing much to prevent attack by proxy, unfortunately.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Good point Katy. Can you see Iran leaving Isreal alone if Iran knows that Isreal has nuclear power? The invasion would be scheduled for the day after.
katybug518 katybug518 9 years
That should be obtaining, my bad.
katybug518 katybug518 9 years
I think part of the reason Israel hasn't "put it on blast" that they have Nuclear weapons, because that will just add fuel to the fire in Iran, and their attempts at attaining Nuclear Power.
stephley stephley 9 years
At this point, there's no putting the genie back in the bottle and nuclear weapons are just going to keep spreading. Once you say its okay for one country to have them, I really don't see how you can justify saying another can't.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
To be honest, I thought it had been known for quite some time that Israel had the bomb. And I do think that considering the murderous hostility of its neighboring countries, there are quite a few reasons for them to. I would like for no countries at all to have the bomb, but since when do some countries get to dictate what weapons other countries possess in their own defense?
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I would worry more if Israel had neighbors who desired their complete destruction.
syako syako 9 years
This is way off topic, but has anyone seen Robin William's stand up routine when he is referring to Russians: "We have the bombs, we don't know where any of them is, but we have the bombs"
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