Pentagon Declassifies Documents Outlining Israel’s Nuclear Program

“He who robs his father and his mother and says ‘this is not a transgression’, he is a friend of a destroyer.” (Proverbs 28:24)

In a move that is certain to continue to upset the already shaky relations between the US and Israel, the Pentagon recently declassified parts of a document that outlines Israel’s plans to build a hydrogen bomb from 1987.

The request to publish the report was submitted three years ago, and was declassified in February but only began to gain publicity after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress at the beginning of March.

The declassified parts of the document referred only to Israel’s nuclear program and left out the other countries that were involved in building their own nuclear programs at the time, including Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries.

The information on those countries continues to remain classified with those sections blocked out in the document.

The 386-page top-secret document titled “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” was thinned out to 129 pages and toutes the Israeli program quite highly.

The report compares the Israeli facilities such as the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and the Negev Nuclear Research Center near Dimona “to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories”, which are key sites in the US nuclear program.

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It lauds Israeli researchers’ “ingeniously clever” solutions to complicated problems, and “ingenious Israeli inventions.”

The declassified documents also cover other fields of Israeli defense technology including lasers and homing devices that were not yet operational at the time.

The release of the Pentagon’s intelligence on Israel’s nuclear program comes after a three year legal battle by journalist Grant Smith, Israel Hayom reported. Smith is the head of a Washington think-tank is known for his extreme anti-Israel sentiments.

In spite of some theories that the information was released as part of a revenge tactic by the Obama administration for Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, a White House spokesperson said that Israel did not object to the release of the information, and that according to the freedom of information act, the US government had to release the information unless a foreign government objects to its release. Israel apparently did not object to the information’s release.

The move also comes as the US is coming ever closer to an agreement regarding the Iranian nuclear program with the state that funds terrorist organizations that have vowed to destroy Israel and other western countries. The impending agreement has been highly criticized by Israel for many years.