Nuclear weapons are Israel's 'worst-k...

Nuclear weapons are Israel's 'worst-kept secret,' says Israeli historian

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Tom Kutsch

Matawan, NJ

#1 Oct 19, 2013
Nuclear weapons are Israel's 'worst-kept secret,' says Israeli historian
by Tom Kutsch
October 18, 2013 | 9:19AM ET

Q&A: Prof. Avner Cohen tells Al Jazeera about the birth of Israel'€s program and how its policy of opacity looks at home

Talks between six world powers and Iran conducted in Geneva this week reflect international concern about the danger of nuclear weapons proliferation in the volatile Middle East. Rarely discussed amid the concern over Iran's nuclear intentions is the unacknowledged but widely accepted reality that there has been a nuclear weapons state in the Middle East for decades.

Israel has long hewed to a policy of nuclear opacity — known as amimut in Hebrew — neither confirming nor denying the existence of a substantial nuclear arsenal. While the U.S. and its allies largely refrain from talking publicly about Israel’s program, Iran often cites it as an instance of what it decries as a Western double standard.

Israeli-American scholar Avner Cohen, currently at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, is one of the world’s leading experts on this secretive program and has done more than most to shed light on what may be — following the title of his most recent book — the "The Worst-Kept Secret."

He spoke with Al Jazeera earlier this week.

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