May 24, 2010 — The first official evidence of Israel possessing nuclear weapons may have been discovered by an US academic. Britain’s Guardian newspaper has published the declassified agreement, which suggests Israel offered to sell arms to South Africa in the 1970s.
Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons
Chris McGreal in Washington
Monday 24 May 2010
Exclusive: Secret apartheid-era papers give first official evidence of Israeli nuclear weapons
Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state’s possession of nuclear weapons.
The “top secret” minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa’s defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel’s defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them “in three sizes”. The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that “the very existence of this agreement” was to remain secret.
Israel nuke-busted? Nobel Peace Prize to Vanunu!
May 24, 2010 — Israel calls baseless the findings of a new book which provides evidence the country offered to sell nuclear warheads to South Africa in 1975. The documents, uncovered by a U.S. researcher make up the first official evidence Israel has nuclear arms. Israel is believed to have more than 200 atomic warheads at its Dimona reactor. The country’s leaders maintain a policy of ‘ambiguity’ over whether the Jewish state is a nuclear power. Journalist and peace activist Gideon Spiro believes everybody who opposes Israel’s nuclear policy is a hero.
Israeli ‘nuclear offer’ explained by investigator
May 24, 2010 — Sasha Polakow-Suransky, who uncovered alleged evidence of an Israeli offer of nuclear arms to South Africa, talks to Al Jazeera. Polakow-Suransky is also a senior editor at the Council on Foreign Relations.
video not available in the US, for others, watch via http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2010/05/20105244134817395.html