Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Revelations will not make Israel give up its policy of ambiguity

By Donald Macintyre
The Independent

"Revelations in Sasha Polakow-Suransky's book that talks between Israel and South Africa on the sale of missiles and warheads took place a generation ago have turned a harsh new spotlight on Israel's long-held policy of ambiguity over its nuclear arsenal.

But while they come just as Israel faces renewed pressure to come clean about its status as a nuclear military power at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York it would be a mistake to think that the game is yet up for that policy, which still enjoys wide, if not unanimous, acceptance in Israel itself....."

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