Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Tue109 2018

Last update19:14 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Issues > Eye on IOF
CIA Reveals: We Said In 1974 That Israel Had Nuclear Weapons
CIA Reveals: We Said In 1974 That Israel Had Nuclear Weapons
"Haaretz" -- The Central Intelligence Agency, backed by bodies including the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Defense Intelligence Agency, determined in August 1974 that Israel had nuclear "weapons in being," a "small number" of which it "produced and stockpiled."
Tuesday, January 15,2008 04:30
by Amir Oren information clearing house

"Haaretz" -- The Central Intelligence Agency, backed by bodies including the State Department"s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Defense Intelligence Agency, determined in August 1974 that Israel had nuclear "weapons in being," a "small number" of which it "produced and stockpiled."

Israel was also suspected of providing nuclear materials, equipment or technology to Iran, South Africa and other then-friendly countries.

This top secret document, consigned to the CIA"s vaults for almost 32 years, was suddenly released to the public this week, during U.S. President George W. Bush"s visit to Israel and on the eve of his trip to the Persian Gulf.

A small part of the document was released in early 2006 under a Freedom of Information Request placed by scholars Avner Cohen and William Burr, but only as an attachment to a 1975 State Department paper ostensibly disputing the the portrayal of Israel"s nuclear weapons as a fact.

This served the Department of State"s effort to avoid addressing Israel"s nuclear status in response to a query by Congressman Alan Steelman.

The Department of State, led in this exercise by officials Joseph Sisco, Alfred (Roy) Atherton and Harold Saunders, tried to depict the 1974 Special National Intelligence Assesment, "Prospects for further proliferation of nuclear weapons," as a CIA project, while in fact it was an agency-wide effort that included its own intelligence chief, William Hyland, as a senior member of the board that agreed to the conclusions.

The CIA was asked yesterday via e-mail about the strange coincidence of the document"s release a mere month after the publication of its awkwardly worded NIE on Iran"s nuclear weapons program. It did not respond by deadline.

The issue of an American double standard regarding the nuclear activities of Israel and Iran often comes up when senior American officials visit the Gulf, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates did last month.

In both the original 1974 document and the 1975 State Department paper (in which it was retyped), the entire intelligence community determined, "Israel already has produced nuclear weapons." This analysis was based on "Israeli acquisition of large quantities of uranium," in part covertly; on Israel"s ambiguous efforts to enrich uranium; and on the huge investment in the "Jericho" surface-to-surface missile "designed to accommodate nuclear warheads." Short of a grave threat to the nation"s existence, Israel was not expected to confirm its suspected capability "by nuclear testing or by threats of use."

While Israel"s nuclear weapons "cannot be proven beyond a shadow of doubt," several bodies of information point strongly toward a program stretching back over a number of years, the document states.

The 1974 document describes the Jericho project, from its inception in France through its migration to Israel to the replacement of the original inertial guidance system by an Israeli design "based on components produced in Israel under licenses from U.S. companies."

Israel Aircraft Industries is responsible for the development of the missile and has constructed a number of facilities for production and testing north of Tel Aviv, near Haifa, at Ramle and nearby it "a missile assembly and checkout plant."

On Iran, the 1974 NIE said, "there is no doubt of the Shah"s ambition to make Iran a power to reckon with. If he is alive in the mid-80"s, if Iran has a full-fledged nuclear power industry and all the facilities necessary for nuclear weapons, and if other countries have proceeded with weapons development, we have no doubt that Iran will follow suit."

The Shah"s ouster in 1979 (and death a year later) apparently slowed down Iran"s nuclear project.


Posted in Eye on IOF  
Add Comment Send to Friend Print
Related Articles
Bush insists Iran biggest terror sponsor
Preparations for War with Iran?
Bush says US, allies must confront Iran
Bush warns Gulf Arabs of Iran threat
Gause: Saudis ‘Very Anxious’ to Hear Bush Views on Iran
U.S. says Iranian gunboats harassed warships
Army chief: Israeli military preparing for nuclear Iran scenario
Egypt’s nuclear ambition raises question of stability
War Against Iran and the Logic of Dominance
Was a Covert Attempt to Bomb Iran with Nuclear Weapons foiled by a Military Leak?
Is Bush planning an attack on Iran?:
Why attacking Iran isn’t a good idea
MB Warns U.S. Against Attacking Iran
Egypt’s Brotherhood sees no harm in nuclear Iran
The Iran Plans
The President of Iran’s Letter To President Bush
The Path to War With Iran
Group Says Iran Is ’Not a Crisis’
Israel buys two nuclear subs from Germany
MB Opposes Monopoly Over Nuclear Technology
Bush forcefully rejects direct talks with Syria, Iran
Iran: The War Begins
Why Israel Dares not and U.S Will Not Strike Iran
ONLY US CONGRESS CAN STOP ATTACK ON IRAN