Mark of Lewiston - the size of Israel's arsenal - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 10.04.10 | 08:34 (IDT)

    "Olmert, a former PM, I think let the cat out of the bag. The only ambiguity is how many nuclear weapons Israel has." - Mark of Lewiston Actually it is not that ambiguous. IF Israel only wanted primitive Plutonium Implosion weapons the amount of Plutonium possibly produced by the reactor at Dimona can be easily calculated. Were Israel smart enough to produce more modern 'thermonuclear' systems including boosted devices or actual hydrogen bombs, then the ability to produce tritium to either 'boost' or allow the development of small hydrogen weapons is also easily calculated. Beyond that, if Israel - which would have extremely sound reasons to do so - had developed 'neutron bombs - to destroy massed armored formations, then we can also understand the implications of limited neutron production at Dimona. Mark, anyone who wants to parse the ability of Israel to produce neutrons, and it's defense needs, has a pretty good idea of how many weapons Israel could have.

    from the article: 'U.S.-Israel ties fine regardless of Netanyahu's nuclear summit cancellation'
    First published 00:17 09.04.10 | Last updated 20:17 14.04.10
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