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Israel helps the Saudis create nuclear weapons

Israel helps the Saudis create nuclear weapons

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Tags: Israel, Nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Analytics, Iran

According to a senior official of the Israeli military organization iHLS (National Security of Israel), the Israeli government began selling information from Saudi Arabia about the development of nuclear weapons.

Ami Dor-on, a senior nuclear weapons expert, made this statement in view of the growing opportunity for the emergence of a nuclear arms race in the region. It is worth noting that the organization iHLS is partially funded by the American company-giant Raytheon, which is engaged in the production of weapons, reports mintpressnews.com.

Cooperation between Israel and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the development of a program on nuclear weapons shows that relations between these countries are developing in the direction of warming.

Israel has been a nuclear power for several decades, although Tel-Aviv does not officially recognize it. The nuclear arsenal of Israel remains classified, and there are no signatures of Israeli leaders in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. It is believed that Israel possesses from 100 to 200 units of nuclear weapons. The Western powers, especially France, assisted Israel in developing its nuclear program. Israel also engaged in the theft of materials relevant to the development of nuclear weapons.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have acquired nuclear weapons, citing their concerns about Iran's nuclear capabilities. However, unlike Israel, Iran has never developed nuclear weapons, and Tehran's capabilities to create it are virtually insignificant in the conditions set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Although the US withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran announced its intention to continue to abide by the agreement if other signatories also agree to do so.

Saudi Arabia's interest in developing nuclear weapons arose in the 1970-ies, when the kingdom learned about nuclear developments in Israel and India. Soon, the Saudis purchased a Chinese ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. KSA bought these missiles from China after financing the nuclear program of Pakistan. In turn, Pakistan produced the necessary warheads for the Saudis in 2013. Three years later, a former CIA official, Duane Claridge, confirmed in an interview with Fox News that thanks to the financing of the Pakistani nuclear program, Saudi Arabia gained access to several nuclear bombs. It remains to be seen, however, whether these warheads were ultimately delivered to the kingdom.

In March of this year, ICA Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman said in an interview with CBS News that his country would seek to build a nuclear weapon if Iran tried to do the same. "Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire a nuclear bomb, but, no doubt, if Iran develops a nuclear bomb, we will take appropriate measures as soon as possible," he said, without specifying however that Saudi Arabia had already gained access to nuclear weapons a few years earlier.

In addition, around the same time, there were reports that the KSA had asked the United States to grant permission for uranium enrichment to produce nuclear weapons.

If Saudi Arabia succeeds in creating nuclear weapons, can it fall into the hands of terrorists? The Kingdom supports Wahhabi groups and the probability of delivering nuclear weapons to radical groups is very high.

We should also bear in mind the fact that Saudi Arabia is trying to change the regime of government in Yemen since 2015. KSA repeatedly bombed the country's civilian infrastructure and set up an economic blockade against Yemen, as a result of which its 28 million population can not receive food, medicine and fuel. It is expected that by December of this year 18,5 million Yemenis will face the threat of mass famine in addition to the rapidly spreading cholera epidemic. The civilian population suffers, but Saudi Arabia does not attach any importance to this, which is another reason for concern in the event of the emergence of nuclear weapons from the largest monarchy of the Persian Gulf.

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