Israel's nuclear weapons
In a Nutshell:
It is believed
that Israel has built up to 200 nuclear warheads
since the late 1960s.
In 1970, then-U.S.
President, Richard Nixon agreed to accept Israel's
nuclear status as long as Israel vowed to keep it a
that Israel possessed nuclear weapons deterred
attacks from neighboring countries: for example,
stopping Iraq from filling its Scud Missiles
with chemical or biological agents during the
formal acknowledgement, Israel could skirt
internationally imposed nuclear oversights
avoid a nuclear proliferation race with the
countries in the region.
of disclosure of Israel's nuclear status.