Israel is widely believed to have nuclear weapons

According to a new book of US academic and newspaper The Guardian Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons.


Under which circumstances would be Israel willing to disclose fully its nuclear program?


Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Israel, as I am sure you know, does not acknowledge or deny having any nuclear program other than its overt civil nuclear program. Many years ago, I believe under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Israel stated that it would be willing to discuss the possibility of a Middle Eastern nuclear weapons free zone only if and when peace agreements had been negotiated with all of those states in conflict with Israel and if all weapons of mass destruction were discussed, not just the nuclear ones. I would imagine that this policy still stands.

Leonard Weiss, Center for International Security and Cooperation affiliate, Stanford University

I am not privy to the strategic plans of the State of Israel, so I cannot answer your question with any assurance. However, it seems to me that if and when Israel decides to seriously participate in international discussions of nuclear disarmament, its own nuclear program will have to be on the table. Pressure will come when there is a sufficient number of other nuclear states who wish to see progress in that area.

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