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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 11.04.10 | 02:26 (IDT)

    Mehmet Israel has concealed it's alleged nuclear capabilities in return for US cooperation on the subject. Cooperation at the international level by the US assuring the UN that Israel was not developing nuclear weapons in the 1960s, and, perhaps some contribution of materials from the Savannah River Plant and technical transfers. The US of course would desire to not be embarrassed by any cooperation and Israel has honored it's assurances that it would not embarrass us. Israel has not used any nuclear weapons, though reports show it was very close to doing so during the Yom Kippur War. Since then there has been no existential threat to Israel. I have sound reasons to think that the Israeli deterrent, while sufficient to serve as a deterrent, is not as large as many think. It is not a matter of hypocrisy or a 'double standard.' Turkey enjoyed protection under the US nuclear deterrent umbrella. For several years Turkey had US Supplied Jupiter IRBMs with W-49 hydrogen bombs.

    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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