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April 21, 2010
April 21, 2010: Back to Iran, Israel, Nukes and Mordechai Vanunu

Over the last few days, I received Google News Alerts for "Vanunu" that linked to the following information:

In 2004, Harretz journalist Yossi Melman wrote:

 

 

“This is the secret that hasn't yet been told in the affair: the story of the security fiasco that made it possible for Vanunu to do what he did, and the story of the subsequent attempts at cover-up, whitewashing and protection of senior figures in the defense establishment, who were bent on divesting themselves of responsibility for the failure.

“The 18-year prison term to which Vanunu was sentenced is almost exactly the same period as that in which Yehiel Horev has served as chief of internal security in the defense establishment [who has been] involved in the affair as deputy chief of security at the Defense Ministry, and also after Vanunu's abduction and arrest, as a member of an investigative commission.”


Melman describes Horev as devoted to duty and bland, petty and acutely suspicious, but also a man of personal integrity with a desire to expose corruption and failures coupled with a penchant for vengefulness.

 

“The affairs of the secrets that leaked from the two places considered Horev's holiest sites - the Biological Institute, which produced a senior spy in the person of Prof. Marcus Klingberg, and the Dimona nuclear plant, about which secret information was revealed through Mordechai Vanunu - were formative events in the development of his world view. Shortly after taking office as chief of security at the Defense Ministry, Horev began to take punitive measures to hobble Vanunu. He is responsible for the harsh conditions in which Vanunu was held, which included years in solitary confinement, and the sharp limitations on the number of visitors he could have…[and has fought] a rearguard battle to prevent Vanunu from leaving Israel and to place him under supervision and restrictions that will be tantamount to house arrest. Horev has always been considered the strictest of all the security chiefs in Israel, especially in regard to the protection of institutions such as the Dimona facility and the Biological Institute. He is apprehensive that if Vanunu goes abroad, he will continue to be a nuisance by stimulating the public debate over Israel's nuclear policy and the nuclear weapons he says Israel possesses…all the hyperactivity being displayed by Horev and those who support his approach is intended only to divert attention from what has not yet been revealed: the security blunders and their cover-ups.”

 

 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=406179&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y



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VIDEO: The BBC Film That Exposed Israel's Secret Nuclear Weapons


First shown in March 2003, two days before the start of the war on Iraq, the BBC film, Israel's Secret Weapon, took as its starting point Mordechai Vanunu's revelations and found further evidence of Israel's nuclear arsenal. It's as important today as it was then.

 

Which country in the Middle East has undeclared nuclear weapons program?

 

Which country has secret biological and chemical capabilities?

 

Which country in the Middle East whose nuclear sites are not inspected internationally?

 

Which country in the Middle East sentenced one of its citizens to 18 years after he divulged secrets of its nuclear programs?

 

Olenka Frankiel's important documentary, Israel's Secret Weapon, was broadcast on 17 March 2003, two days before George Bush and Tony Blair launched the illegal war against Iraq, supposedly for weapons of mass destruction it did not possess.

 

Israel of course did, but George Bush did not have that country in mind when he told the American Congress in January 2003, "The greatest damage facing America and the world is outlaw regimes that seek and posses nuclear, chemical and biological weapons."

 

Bush meant Iraq, which did not have any of these weapons, but was going to attack regardless, just as today Barack Obama threatens Iran for nuclear weapons that it does not have.

 

Israel pressured the BBC to stop the documentary being shown. Watching it today, it's easy to see why.

 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18748


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Egypt's UN paper may put Israel nuclear arsenal on spotlight

 

The new move comes after Obama said his administration wanted to see all countries sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including Israel.

 

Tuesday, 20 April 2010 14:22

 

Egypt submitted a paper to a U.N. meeting on atomic weapons as the United States, Britain and France consider backing Egypt's call for a zone in the Middle East free of nuclear arms, envoys said.

The new move comes after US President Barack Obama said his administration wanted to see all countries sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including Israel.

He said that "whether we are talking about Israel or any other country, we think that becoming part of the NPT is important."

That was a long-held US position that preceded the current administration, Obama added.

The 189 signatories to the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will meet at U.N. headquarters in New York for a May 3-28 conference on the pact.

NPT review conferences take place every five years. At the 1995 meeting, member states unanimously supported a resolution backing the idea of "a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons as well as other weapons of mass destruction."

Most experts estimate that Israel has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on information leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper in the 1980s by Mordechai Vanunu, a former worker at the country's Dimona nuclear reactor.

Israel, which has initiated several wars in the region in its 60-year history, has not denied having nuclear weapons, but has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.

But, Israel rejected Obama's call for it to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"Israel higher priority"

In a working paper Egypt submitted to fellow treaty members ahead of next month's meeting, Cairo said the conference should formally express regret that "no progress has taken place on the implementation of the (1995) resolution" and call for an international treaty conference by 2011.

The point of such a conference would be "to launch negotiations, with the participation of all states of the Middle East, on an internationally and effectively verifiable treaty for the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East," the Egyptian paper says.

Egyptian initiatives at NPT meetings are nothing new.

But Western diplomats familiar with the issue said the five permanent U.N. Security Council members -- the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia -- might be ready to support such a conference, although not with a negotiating mandate.

The diplomats, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the three Western powers might also encourage Israel to participate, although their position was that there could be no mandate for negotiating such a treaty now.

Diplomats said backing from the five permanent Security Council members -- the NPT's five official nuclear powers -- would help ensure broad support for Egypt's plan next month.

Egypt's U.N. Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz told Reuters the sticking point was Israel's reluctance to participate.

"We want the Israelis to sit at a table and negotiate," he said.

"We're flexible on the location and the format of the conference," Abdelaziz said, adding that one possible idea was to have U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon oversee it.

One Western diplomat said the Israelis were "understandably reluctant" to take part, even if the conference's outcome would be merely symbolic. But it would be difficult to refuse if Washington began to put pressure on the Israelis, he said.

Israel's U.N. mission had no official comment on the Egyptian proposal.

Several diplomats told Reuters that Egypt has made clear it sees Israel as a higher priority than Iran and has threatened to prevent the NPT conference from reaching any agreements next month if it does not get what it wants on Israel. Decisions at NPT meetings are made by consensus.

Iran says it enriches uranium for civilian applications and that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has a right to the technology already in the hands of many others.

Israel also often threatens Iran an attack over its nuclear sites.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=57362

 

 


 



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