US 'Silent on Israeli Nuclear Arms'
Kevin Callahan <kcall@...
2009-10-03 19:25:52 GMT
Barack Obama, the US president, has agreed to abide by a 40-year
policy of allowing Israel to keep nuclear weapons without opening them
to international inspection, according to a US newspaper.
In a report on Saturday, The Washington Times quoted three unnamed
sources as saying Obama had confirmed to Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's
prime minister, that he would maintain the "don't ask, don't tell"
The incident reportedly occurred when the two met at the White House
in Washington DC in May.
Neither Israel's embassy in Washington, nor the White House National
Security Council would comment on the claim.
Avner Cohen, an Israeli expert and author, was quoted by the paper as
saying that under the deal "the United States passively [accepts]
Israel's nuclear weapons status as long as Israel does not unveil
publicly its capability or test a weapon".
There is no official accounting of the deal, supposedly agreed in 1969
between Richard Nixon, then US president, and Golda Meir, the Israeli
prime minister at the time.
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