Israeli Minister, Lobbying for Sanctions on Iran to be Strengthened During Talks, Mentions “Crystal Clear” Israeli Policy of Nuclear Ambiguity

A senior Israeli minister says his country has a “crystal clear” policy, when it comes to nuclear weapons: ambiguity. The government adamantly refuses to confirm that Israel  has “nukes.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking the lead in an Israeli campaign to persuade major world powers — the United States, most of all — not to ease economic sanctions against Iran. The minister for intelligence affairs and strategy, Yuval Steinitz, is also  speaking out strongly against making concessions to Iran at this stage.

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Steinitz is pressing his point in Canada, so Toronto’s Globe and Mail finds an occasion  also to mention Israel’s nuclear capabilities:

The Israeli government’s critics … note that Israel itself did not sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and it is an open secret it has nuclear weapons.

Mr. Steinitz said “it’s true that we have a crystal clear policy of ambiguity,” and that Israel has said it will consider the treaty when there is established peace in the Middle East. He argued Israel is a “democratic, reliable, trustable state” and it’s “Iran that is threatening Israel’s existence, and not vice versa.”

With Iran, he said, the world must stop its military nuclear program, and only pressure will work. “This is the main working tool. Actually the only tool,” he said. “Why give it up before satisfactory results?”

October 20, 2013

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