Pentagon gjorde i februar tilgjenglig en rapport fra 1987 som beskriver Israels atomprogram. Offentliggjørelsen skyldes en interessegruppe som har fremtvunget nedgradering.Newsmax.com.
Det skal være første gang USA bekrefter at Israel er en atommakt.
The 386-page document provides a detailed breakdown of how Israel developed nuclear weapons in the 1970s and 1980s.
Israel is «developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level,» reads the report, called «Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations.»The document, paraphrases Israel National News, says Israel was «reaching the ability to create bombs considered a thousand times more powerful than atom bombs» in the 1980s.
The document also says Israel’s nuclear research laboratories «are equivalent to [the United States’] Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.»
«As far as nuclear technology is concerned the Israelis are roughly where the U.S. was in the fission weapon field in about 1955 to 1960,» reads the document.
Courthouse News Service obtained a copy of the document, which was released in the weeks leading up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech in front of Congress, in which he warned the world about Iran’s nuclear program.
The document’s release stems from a legal battle started by Grant Smith of the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy. The Pentagon, according to Israel National News, initially was slow to respond to Smith’s request. Smith then filed a lawsuit, and the document was released in February.