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Monday, October 1, 2007

Israel's Bombastic Nuclear Attitude

As the world shivers in fear of possible nuclear war, it is interesting to take note of the below report. Israel is NOT a signatory to the IAEA and recently in a public gaffe, Olmert admitted to Israel's owning of nuclear weapons. Yet, "By not declaring itself to be nuclear-armed, Israel gets round a US ban on funding countries that proliferate weapons of mass destruction. It can thus enjoy more than $2bn (£1.02bn) a year in military and other aid from Washington."
The only nation to have ever used nuclear weapons is the United States, and it is the United States which owns the MOST nuclear weapons. Isn't it ironic that the one nation to have ever USED nuclear weapons is pouring arms and VAST amounts of cash along with their Congressional support and vetoing at the UN, into their soul mate's (Israel's) coffers, the ONLY nation in the Middle East that owns their own nuclear weapons? And together they preach to the world that THEY are the potential victims of nuclear weapons if developed by other Middle Eastern nations. Just who is the aggressor here and just WHO is the threat to peace?

Approximately 72 percent of Israelis support the use of nuclear weapons in certain circumstances, according to a Canadian survey released recently.

A nuclear-capable missile. [Illustrative photo]
Photo: Courtesy

The survey - conducted jointly at the end of July by the Simons Foundation and Angus Reid Strategies - was answered by adults in six countries and showed that 37% of Israelis believed the use of nuclear weapons to prevent a war would be justified, while 35% believed the weapons could be justifiably used during a war.

In addition, the survey found that Israel had the lowest public support for destroying nuclear weapons out of all the countries questioned.

Israel also had the highest percentage in favor of the country using its "power and influence in a way that serves its own interests" - approximately 55% - as opposed to "coordinat[ing] with other countries to do what's best for the world as a whole."

Nearly 72% also agreed that "nuclear weapons place Israel in a unique position, so it is not in our interest to participate in treaties that would reduce or eliminate our purported nuclear arsenal."

About three-quarters of Israelis also said they would feel safer if they knew for certain that Israel had nuclear weapons. Israel has thus far maintained its policy of nuclear ambiguity.

The organizers of the study suggested that Israel accorded greater importance to the nuclear form of defense due to the Iranian threat, Army Radio reported. (HELLO, these weapons were developed YEARS ago, LONG before Iran was a so-called nuclear threat!!)

The study spanned a sample of 1,000 adults in Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the US along with Israel. (source)

This is what 72% of Israeli's in this report support:

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