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News: Israel has 200 nukes pointed at Iran

Posted by Picard578 on September 17, 2016

It has long been a public secret that Israel has nuclear missiles. Now we know how much, as well.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell blew the lid off Israel’s hush-hush nuclear program — saying the country has 200 warheads pointed at Iran, according to his hacked emails.

In the March 2015 missives — which reveal information the Jewish state has long sought to keep under wraps — Powell wrote to Democratic Party donor Jeffrey Leeds about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress, in which he warned against the planned Iran nuke deal.

Leeds said Netanyahu “said all the right things about the president and all the things he has done to help Israel. But basically [he] said this deal sucks, and the implication is that you have to be an idiot not to see it,” according to foreign policy website LobeLog, which cited emails leaked this week by DCLeaks.

Powell, 79, responded that given Israel’s imposing arsenal, it would be very unlikely that Iran’s mullahs would decide to build a nuke.

“Negotiators can’t get what he wants. Anyway, Iranians can’t use one [a nuclear weapon] if they finally make one. The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands,” Powell wrote, LobeLog reported.

“As Akmdinijad (sic) [said], ‘What would we do with one, polish it?’ I have spoken publicly about both nK (North Korea) and Iran. We’ll blow up the only thing they care about — regime survival. Where, how would they even test one?” he said, referring to former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Powell later expressed support for the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, acknowledging Iran’s right to enrich uranium for nuclear power.

The deal requires Iran to reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent for 15 years and redesign a reactor so it can’t produce plutonium for nuclear weapons.

“Can’t get enough sanctions to break them. Lots of bs around about their progress. Bibi likes to say ‘a year away,’ as do our intel guys. … (It) ain’t that easy to do,” he wrote, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname.

Israel, which is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, maintains a policy of nuclear ambiguity and has long remained mum about the size — and even the existence — of its nuclear weapons program.

According to a 2014 report by the Federation of American Scientists, Israel is believed to possess between 80 and 400 nuclear weapons — though the report’s authors estimated the number was closer to 80, the Times of Israel reported.

As a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell’s figure of 200 warheads would appear to be more authoritative than the approximations by “news media reports, think tanks, authors and analysts” cited in the FAS report, the Israeli news site reported.

Leaked emails also shed light on how the retired four-star US Army general insulted Donald Trump as “a national disgrace” and an “international pariah,” as well as calling Hillary Clinton a “greedy, not transformational” politician.

DCLeaks has ties to a Russian military intelligence hacker group dubbed Fancy Bear, the Washington Post reported.


10 Responses to “News: Israel has 200 nukes pointed at Iran”

  1. altandmain said

    To be honest, I’m not surprised that the neoconservatives are warmongers. Even amongst their own ranks, they know the truth.

    They are stirring up tensions to further the interests of the military industrial complex.

    • picard578 said

      Indeed. That is why I don’t like to think of neoconservatives as nationalists. No nationalist in his right head will be trying to push his country into unnecessary wars.

    • Neocons aren’t just warmongers, they are inverterate liars and assholes. Decades upon decades of these failed interventions in the middle east, and what do they want to do? More interventions! Of course, the whole war on terror was just a smoke screen for PNAC to carry out their agenda. They wanted to get inside afghanistan and iraq for their own sinister reasons, none of which had anything to do with terrorists and WMDs.

      But about israels nuclear arsenal, wasn’t there a similar episode like this a couple years ago? It keeps popping up like a malignant tumor, until everything gets swept under the rug again by a compliant media. Their reporting on the false ‘nuclear crisis’ with iran was very heavy handed and biased. Someone decided to make a politcal cartoon lampooning this point.

      • picard578 said

        All political ideologies are invertebrate liars, whenever reality does not fit their little worldview they ignore reality. And yes, fixing the problem by “more of the same”, repeating the same c**p that caused the problems in the first place is easily noticeable with neocons, but is not exclusive to them.

  2. y said

    Hallo Picard, was any “no nuclear proliferation” treaty anywhere around?

    • picard578 said

      Israel having nukes is a public secret, everybody knows they have them but nobody says so officially. And India, Israel, Pakistan and South Sudan are not signatories to the treaty so it does not apply to them.

  3. Chuck said

    Nukes are fake.

    • Al-hein? said

      But Dimona is just a copy from the French militarised nuclear reactor, we’re well placed to know it : we built Dimona ,) The nuclear primers they acquired is more than you need for 400-500 warhead. The Vela incident was surely fake too, so are the Popeye-Turbo and the Jericho-III and why acquiring submarines with 650mm torpedo tubes when all your torpedoes are 533mm.
      Let’s be clear : Gerboise Bleue didn’t made one nuclear power but two.
      Now, the process to separate isotopes without centrifugal (the mass product nuke bombs in a small lab) is a 1973 Israeli patent.
      If we consider they have the capacity to produce warheads since 1966, the fact they can produce warheads at a rate of 10-12 per year, if you consider the few years where Dmona needed some rebuilding etc, their military budget and other points it’d be long to explain, 400 is the maximum they could have but it’d hurt the budget too much. 80 seems very low and due to the very challenging region they live in, knowing there are just dozens of millions around praying 5 times a day for Shoah v.2.00, it’s more realistic to consider they have 200-300 warheads, now if you consider tactical nukes/nuke grenades, 400 could be an OK number so well, 80 of the megaton range, 120-170 in the 45kt-200kt range and 150-200 nuke-“grenades” to repel a serious tank attack.

      I’m not keen into believing Powell : he’s a patented liar, from Mi-Lai to the WMD and Zarkawi.
      Now, about Iran, they’re not an existential threat to Israel. IMHO, they have much more reasons to fear the crazy arms race GCC is in while at the same time there is a serious Sunni-Islamism rise. Iran’s a paper tiger, their Air-Force is so outdated that they can even give air-support in Syria or Iraq and actually, it’s Israelis that manage to smuggle spare parts to keep their Phantoms, Tomcats and F-5 in the air, 2 were even arrested in the US in 2014 and they were serious Heredis. Iranian marine-commandos all use Uzis and the 45k of these weren’t acquired by the Shah and BTW, without Israel, Iran would have been invaded by Saddam. You find Jaffa oranges in Tehran and Iranian pistachios in Tel-Aviv.
      What seems more realist to me is that Iran is used as a scarecrow by Netanyahu to not risk IDF losing edge while the real threat is the low profile double agenda in GCC and the recent use of UNESCO as an ant-Israeli political mean shows that even in silence, the Arab League is still determined to destroy Israel.
      Now Bibi should better buy 100-150 Rafales than around 45 useless F-35 as due to the numerous orders of F-15, F-18 and Typhoons in the Gulf, well, I don’t think their real target is Iran. al-Jubeir even said he wanted 60 Rafales a few month ago…
      Remember : in Saudi schools, kids are thought to kill the Jews and the Christians… Do we push our children to hate Arabs? Saudis, and they’re not the only ones, seems to have a very strange ‘friendship’ that looks a lot like ‘taqiyya’ and same thing values for Qatar (led by an emir who belongs to the infamous Muslim Brotherhood) and some other GCC countries… Bibi’s a MIT graduate, he’s nowhere near to be an idiot and when you have the Saudi military budget now even above the Russian one and atteigning 13.7% of their GDP, well, if you don’t see them coming, I do. Now, think about Qatar : their Air-Force has only 12 Mirage-2000 and some Alpha-Jets with a 2000 manpower. I could understand considring extending it a bit to 24 Rafales but also ordering 72 F-15E with an option for 36 more while there are only 278k Qataris and only 2.4M ppl in the country… Not counting the huge numbers of C-17, AH-64 etc… Well, Qatar with more F-15 than Israel??? And with an equipment that’d need a 20k manpower air-force, so the needed manpower for the AF would be twice the size of their full army? And well, Qatar would end having, alone, more jet fighters than Iran? If they Target Iran, they also target Israel, it’s clear!

      • picard578 said

        Agreed, Israel has every reason to be paranoid and will need all the help it can get. So buying F-35 might well be just a political move to get more friendly with US. Personally I think a Rafale-Gripen combination would be the best for Israel, Gripen is a defensive fighter designed by a country with very similar requirements to Israel. Meanwhile Rafale is an excellent generalist air superiority and strike fighter, combination would work very much like F-15-F-16 combination.

    • Luis said

      Hi Chuck,

      this is junk science. The principles of nuclear energy and energy release from rapid fission are by now quite well understood and it’s an empirical fact that nuclear and thermonuclear devices have been tested many thousands of times. “Nukes don’t exist” is a “a cousin of my cousin said” type of “theory”.

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