B61 nuclear gravity bombs of the sort
stored at NATO bases in Europe
Israel Has Right to
Nuclear Capability for Deterrence Purposes.
NEW YORK - The Obama
administration has revealed to the public, during
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to
Washington, a series of understandings between
the two countries on Israel's policy of "nuclear
ambiguity" - which to date had been kept
under wraps. At the center of these
understandings lies an Israeli veto on the
holding of an international conference for a
nuclear-free Middle East, as well as an
unprecedented American willingness to cooperate
with Israel in the field of nuclear power for
civil use. ... Following their meeting at the
White House Tuesday, a special announcement was
made an hour later concerning assurances given to
Netanyahu by U.S. President Barack Obama.
According to the
announcement, "The president told the prime
minister he recognizes that Israel must always
have the ability to defend itself, by itself,
against any threat or possible combination of
threats, and that only Israel can determine its
security needs. The president pledged to continue
U.S. efforts to combat all international attempts
to challenge the legitimacy of the State of
Israel." "The president emphasized that
the United States will continue its long standing
practice to work closely with Israel to ensure
that arms control initiatives and policies do not
detract from Israel's security, and support our
common efforts to strengthen international peace
and stability," the statement continued.
Four European states host US nuclear bombs,
Soviet nuclear warheads under
inspection. The US bombs in Europe are thought to
date back to Cold War times (Photo: jenspie3)
29.11.2010 @ 19:33 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The Netherlands,
Belgium, Germany and Turkey have US nuclear
weapons situated on their soil, the WikiLeaks
whistleblower files have revealed.
The four countries, along with Italy, had long
been suspected of being home to a collection of
American nuclear armaments, but neither the
states nor Nato had ever officially confirmed or
denied their presence.
For the first time, the confidential files
released on Sunday evening (28 November) have
acknowledged what was until now only conjecture,
upending decades of careful diplomatic ambiguity.
In a confidential memo from US ambassador to
Germany Philip Murphy, he casually mentions the
possible withdrawal of the weapons from Germany
and perhaps from the Netherlands and Belgium as
The memo also confirms the presence of US
nuclear weapons in Turkey.
Italy is also believed to be a silent
custodian of American weapons of mass destruction.
Asked by EUobserver whether the country will
now reassess its ambivalent public position on
the matter in the wake of the leaks, the Dutch
foreign ministry continued to stick by its long-standing
stance, saying that there would likely be no
comment forthcoming on the issue of US nuclear
According to estimates found in a 2007 report
using a variety of different sources to catalogue
deployment of US nuclear weapons in Europe from
the Natural Resources Defence Council, an
American environmental protection NGO, the
continent is home to 480 such weapons.
The report estimated that the Kleine Brogel
weapons base in northeastern Belgium near the
city of Meeuwen housed 20 nuclear weapons.
The same document reckoned that another 20 are
housed at Volkel Air Base near the town of Uden
in southeast of the Netherlands. Nuclear weapons
are thought to have been stored there since the
1960s and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Some 20 nuclear weapons are believed to be
stored in an underground vault at the German
Luftwaffe's Buchel Air Base near the Luxembourg
border. Last October, the country's foreign
minister, Guido Westerwelle, came close to
admitting their existence when he called "for
a country free of nuclear weapons."
However, he would not say where the weapons
were located, or if they did indeed exist.
Italy is also thought to host a total of 90
such arms, with 50 at Aviane Air Base near Udine
in the north of the country, and 40 at Ghedi
Torre Air Base near Brescia on the Adriatic coast
Incirlik Air Base, east of Adana in Turkey on
the northern Mediterranean coast, is believed to
store 90 such weapons.
Beyond the undeclared European nuclear states,
the UK, an admitted member of the nuclear club,
is home to 110 US nuclear weapons, at RAF
Lakenheath, about 30 kilometres northeast of the
university town of Cambridge.
Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal described
the leaks in general as "not conducive to
communication," but also warned: "We
mustn't get spastic over them."
development in iaea and the un.
votes against Arab motion calling on Israel to
join Non-Proliferation treaty
watchdog rejects resolution calling on Israel to
join Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The US said the
resolution risked souring newly restarted peace
talks between Palestinians and Israelis [EPA]
The International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations' nuclear
watchdog, has rejected an Arab-proposed
resolution calling on Israel to join a global
anti-atomic arms treaty.
The general assembly of
the 151-member IAEA blocked the resolution at its
meeting in Vienna on Friday. Fifty-one member
states voted against the resolution while 46
voted in favour and 23 abstained.
Israel had warned the UN
nuclear watchdog that an Arab-led push to target
the Jewish state in a resolution could deal a
"fatal blow" to future co-operation on
boosting Middle East security.
resolution will be a fatal blow to any hope for
future co-operative efforts towards better
regional security in the Middle East," Ehud
Azoulay, Israel's IAEA envoy said, shortly before
The delegate made the
statement during a tense debate on the draft
resolution, which called on Israel to join the
nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). ...
The Jewish state is the
region's only country outside the NPT.
The United States had
urged Arab states to withdraw the non-binding
resolution, saying it could derail broader
efforts to ban such arms in the Middle East and
also send a negative signal to the relaunched
Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
that this resolution is being pursued at a time
when peace talks in the Middle East are being
restarted after a long delay," Glyn Davies,
the US ambassador, said. "The divisiveness
and confrontation caused by this resolution
threatens these talks just as they are being
rekindled," he told the assembly.
Israel says it will not
consider joining the NPT until there is
comprehensive Middle East peace. It would have
been forced to renounce nuclear weaponry if it
had agreed to sign the pact. ...
Israel and the United
States regard Iran as the Middle East's main
proliferation threat, accusing it of seeking to
develop atomic weapons in secret, a charge
rejected by Tehran.
Mossad Agents Can Trade Sex
for National Security
From: Iskandar Masih
Oct. 11, 2010
An Israeli rabbi has
blessed the use of female spies in "honeytrap"
or "honeypot" stings against terrorists,
according to a study called "Illicit Sex for
the Sake of National Security."
The ruling by Rabbi Ari
Schvat, contained in a study published by the
Zomet Institute, was first reported by the news
agency DPA and published by Haaretz.com.
confirmed the rabbinical ruling and the gist of
the study for ABC News.
The Zomet Institute
studies the intersection of religion and
modernity. It examined whether it was acceptable
for female agents of Israel's foreign secret
service, Mossad, to have sex with the enemy in so-called
"honeypot" or "honeytrap"
Israeli intelligence has
made repeated use of honeytraps. In 1966, a
female Israeli spy convinced an Iraqi pilot to
defect to Israel with his MIG. Twenty years later,
a female Mossad agent lured Mordechai Vanunu, a
nuclear technician who had revealed details of
Israel's nuclear program, from England to Italy,
where he was abducted and brought back to Israel.
But according to Haaretz.com,
Rabbi Schvat wrote that honeypot missions are
"not just a thing of modern-day espionage."In
fact, honeypot missions are rooted in Biblical
lore, according to the report. "Queen Esther,
who was Jewish, slept with the Persian king [Ahasuerus]
around 500 BC to save her people," Schvat
noted. And, the report noted, Yael, wife of Hever,
slept with the enemy chief of staff Sisra to tire
him and cut off his head.
However there is a catch
for married honeypots. "If it is necessary
to use a married woman, it would be best [for]
her husband to divorce her. ... After the [sex]
act, he would be entitled to bring her back,"
"Naturally, a job of
that sort could be given to a woman who in any
event is licentious in her ways."
Rules for male Mossad
agents were not mentioned in the writings.
Mossad in America
steps up its activity in the U.S. and gets
away with it.
Global Research, August
Israeli government claims
that it does not spy on the United States are
intended for the media and popular consumption.
The reality is that Israels intelligence
agencies target the United States intensively,
particularly in pursuit of military and dual-use
civilian technology. Among nations considered to
be friendly to Washington, Israel leads all
others in its active espionage directed against
American companies and the Defense Department. It
also dominates two commercial sectors that enable
it to extend its reach inside Americas
domestic infrastructure: airline and
telecommunications security. Israel is believed
to have the ability to monitor nearly all phone
records originating in the United States, while
numerous Israeli air-travel security companies
are known to act as the local Mossad stations.
As tensions with Iran
increase, sources in the counterintelligence
community report that Israeli agents have become
more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in
the United States as well as in operating against
critics. There have been a number of cases
reported to the FBI about Mossad officers who
have approached leaders in Arab-American
communities and have falsely represented
themselves as U.S. intelligence.
Because few Muslims would assist an Israeli, this
is done to increase the likelihood that the
target will cooperate. Its referred to as a
false flag operation.
Mossad officers sought to
recruit Arab-Americans as sources willing to
inform on their associates and neighbors. The
approaches, which took place in New York and New
Jersey, were reportedly handled clumsily, making
the targets of the operation suspicious. These
Arab-Americans turned down the requests for
cooperation, and some of the contacts were
eventually reported to the FBI, which has
determined that at least two of the Mossad
officers are, ironically, Israeli Arabs operating
out of Israels mission to the United
Nations in New York under cover as consular
In another bizarre case,
U.S.S. Liberty survivor Phil Tourney was recently
accosted in Southern California by a foreigner
who eventually identified himself as an Israeli
government representative. Tourney was taunted,
and the Israeli threatened both him and
journalist Mark Glenn, who has been reporting on
the Liberty story. Tourney was approached in a
hotel lounge, and it is not completely clear how
the Israeli was able to identify him. But he knew
exactly who Tourney was, as the official referred
to the Liberty, saying that the people who had
been killed on board had gotten what they
deserved. There were a number of witnesses to the
incident, including Tourneys wife. The
threat has been reported to the FBI, which is
investigating, but Tourney and Glenn believe that
the incident is not being taken seriously by the
FBI sources indicate that
the increase in Mossad activity is a major
problem, particularly when Israelis are posing as
U.S. government officials, but they also note
that there is little they can do to stop it as
the Justice Department refuses to initiate any
punitive action or prosecutions of the Mossad
officers who have been identified as involved in
the illegal activity.
In another ongoing
Israeli spy case, Stewart Nozette appears to be
headed towards eventual freedom as his case drags
on through the District of Columbia courts.
Nozette, an aerospace scientist with a top secret
clearance and access to highly sensitive
information, offered to sell classified material
to a man he believed to be a Mossad officer, but
who instead turned out to be with the FBI.
Nozette has been in jail since October, but he
has now been granted an additional 90-day delay
so his lawyers can review the documents in the
governments case, many of which are
classified. If Nozette demands that sensitive
information be used in his defense, his case will
likely follow the pattern set in the nine-times-postponed
trial of AIPAC spies Steve Rosen and Keith
Weissman, who were ultimately acquitted in April
2009 when prosecutors determined that they could
not make their case without doing significant
damage to national security. A month after Rosen
and Weissman were freed, Ben-Ami Kadish, who
admitted to providing defense secrets to Israel
while working as an engineer at Picatinny Arsenal
in New Jersey, walked out of a Manhattan court
after paying a fine. He did no jail time and
continues to receive his substantial Defense
The mainstream media
reported the Rosen and Weissman trial
intermittently, but there was virtually no
coverage of Ben-Ami Kadish, and there has been
even less of Nozette. Compare that with the
recent reporting on the Russian spies who, by all
accounts, did almost nothing and never obtained
any classified information. It is hard to avoid
the conclusion that spying for Israel is
Philip Giraldi, a
former CIA Officer, is the Executive Director of
the Council for the National Interest. His
Deep Background column appears every
month exclusively in The American Conservative.