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May-29-2008 03:04printcomments Video

Carter Reveals Israel's Possession of 150 Nuclear Weapons

Weapons of Mass Destruction in Israel are part of a secret pact with the U.S.

Nuclear weapon test in the desert.
Nuclear weapon test in the desert. Photo courtesy: Pravda

(SALEM, Ore.) - At this moment a search of "Israel" in Google News turns up endless results. The first entry about a "Call for PM to Step Down" shows 1,761 articles. If you search "Carter" however, you pull up 214 stories with the biting revelation that Israel has 150 nuclear weapons.

One hundred and fifty nuclear weapons from a country that is not a declared nuclear power?

As George W. Bush conducts a witch hunt over Iran's "suspected nukes" in an effort to spread tired American combat forces into another war, the hard truth hits us and it will likely alter the way many people view the nation from now on. Israel, a country that literally "terrorized" people off the land it it now occupies in the late 1940's, is more than 150 times the threat to the U.S. that Iran could be.

The United States regards Israel as a friend and always has, and we have given them billions and billions of dollars in support over the years. The plight of the Jewish people in post Third-Reich Europe deserved plenty of support, but the way the nation's founders went about reclaiming what they consider to be the Promised Land, leaves much to be desired.

To this day Israel is often at bitter odds with neighboring Muslim nations and the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers can bring the retaliation of an Israeli bomb into a neighborhood where children live. Many people say bitter feelings against the U.S. support of Israel led to the September 11th 2001 attacks. And now we learn that allegations made against Israel as far back as the 1980's about possessing nuclear weapons were true. It is a big piece of news, and leads to the obvious conclusion that all of the peace negotiations over the years with Israel's neighbors were held under false pretenses, and the United States knew about it the whole time.

This information about nuclear weapons is not what the United States and Israel want you to know. It is sad that many of you will first learn about it here, rather than on the major networks. It makes little sense that this story has received such minimal play. Could there be a directive at the networks to give it as little coverage as possible?

A President Speaks out

President Jimmy Carter over
the weekend in Wales where he
revealed the fact that Israel has
at least 150 nuclear weapons.

It took a man with the heart of President Jimmy Carter to have the necessary huevos to heap this information onto a platter the world could see, and the media and press turned their backs on it in many respects this weekend.

One Portland resident, Diana Graham, caught a brief news report from Al Jazeera about Carter's announcement over the weekend. She says she came home and scoured the Internet and the newspapers for more information.

But Graham found nothing else about the former President's words over Israel's ability to destroy the world with nuclear bombs. Her thought after learning tonight that the information was accurate was simply, "I have to wonder what else Israel is not telling us about"

In fairness, there do appear to have been some reports, including one from CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Ed Henry which is included below, but you have to spend some time looking for them.

A search of "Iran" brings 1,082 articles about suspected nuclear weapons in a single group. Iran's government has specifically and consistently denied their existence, but the President of the United States and his henchmen want you to believe Iran has nuclear weapons. The only nuclear aspirations Iran has are to run power plants.

Sunday October 5, 1986: Headline: Revealed - the
secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal/ Atomic technician
Mordechai Vanunu reveals secret weapons production.
The news has been reported but never confirmed by a top
level U.S. official like former President Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter revealed the fact that Israel has at least 150 nuclear weapons Sunday, and they can not officially lie to the world about that one any longer. The former president made the claim during an appearance in Wales, BBC News reported.

Carter said, "The U.S. has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons; the Soviet Union (sic) has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more."

Israel follows a policy of ambiguity and has never admitted that its arsenal contains nuclear weapons.

"The problem is that there are those who can use these statements when it comes to discussing the international effort to prevent Iran getting nuclear weapons," said Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, a former Israeli intelligence official, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

They began their article with: "Jimmy Carter, in violation of a decades-old U.S. policy, publicly acknowledged that Israel has nuclear weapons."

So, our elected officials have known this but not told us? World level negotiations have taken place for decades that almost always favor the Israeli position. Most decisions the U.S. and Israel have been involved with had some adverse impact on neighboring Muslim nations. Now we learn that all along, Israel was allowed to keep its world-annihilating nuclear arsenal... quietly.

Apparently the unspoken rule about Israel not having to be honest about nuclear weapons has been in effect since the smoky days of the Nixon administration. Most people will probably never comprehend the enormity of what this means, but having an international pass in the liar's club is hardly a sign of a fair, honest or open government.

Threats from Iran and Israel

A review of history shows approximately the same threat existing toward the U.S. from both Israel and Iran. In fact, the United States has been far more hostile to Iran in an overall way that Iran ever has been to the U.S.

U.S.S. Liberty after being attacked.

Israel on the other hand, bit the hand that feeds during the Six-Day War with Egypt, when Israeli jet fighters repeatedly attacked the Navy ship U.S.S. Liberty in 1967, killing many Americans and injuring far more. (see: The Day Israel Attacked the United States)

Relations with Iran were decent with the U.S. until the early 1950's, when Iranian demands to be paid a fair and legal price for oil led to the U.S. government helping the British overthrow Iran's first democratically elected President in 1953.

That's when we installed the Shah, who was transformed by the CIA into a puppet leader for U.S. government interests and oil. By the time Jimmy Carter was President of the United States, the U.S. installed Shah was at the receiving end of a good deal of criticism that echoes of today's criticism of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Unlike previous American presidents, Carter spoke out and openly criticized the Shah's government and its human rights record. President Carter also pressured the Shah to relax freedom of speech and to allow more freedom for political dissidents.

So we know that Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty, which was clearly marked with the American flag according to the sailors on board, and we know that there have been many hit and miss problems with Iran over the years since the 1979 Revolution during which U.S. hostages were taken and held for years.

The Day the U.S. Killed 290 Civilians

Iran Air Flight 655: "I will never apologize for the
United States of America, ever. I don't care what it has
done. I don't care what the facts are."
Vice-President George H. W. Bush, August 1988

What we might forget about though, or at least like to forget, is what happened on July 3rd 1988 towards the end of the Iran-Iraq War.

That is when the U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airbus A300B2 on a scheduled commercial flight in Iranian airspace over the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. attack on the Iranian plane killed 290 civilians from six nations, including 66 children.

At first, the United States said that flight 655 was a warplane. The next story was that the plane was outside the civilian air corridor and did not respond to radio calls.

Both statements were found to be untrue. As it turns out, the Iranian commercial pilots never heard the radio calls because they were made on military frequencies and the commercial jet did not have those frequencies.

The United States ended up paying hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars out in settlements but it seems that no amount of money is worth 300 human lives. The United States is no newbie when it comes to poorly planned military attacks.

Two years later, William C. Rogers III, captain of USS Vincennes at the time of the Iranian commercial liner downing, was awarded the Legion of Merit award for "exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of an outstanding service" by George Bush Sr.


It is fascinating that one nation that we ripped off in the 50's and overthrew is viewed as such a military threat. FOX News keeps beating the drum with reports that U.S. soldiers are being killed in the George W. Bush wars with Iranian weapons.

When asked if Iran is supplying weapons to the Taliban by Voice of America, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, laughed and said the US doesn't want Iran to be friends with Afghanistan. "What is the reason they are saying such things?" asked Ahmadinejad.

His honesty has done him little good at times, but it seems correct that President Jimmy Carter would be the one to spill the beans on Israel's arsenal of nuclear weapons. He knows that the extension of peace and efforts to avoid war often don't win a person any popularity contests, and that seems the true hallmark of a real world leader who may be the most honest President the United States has seen, at least in recent generations.

The story may be about Israel, but it is also about Iran and the United States and Great Britain and France and all of the other countries that may have also been a party to this world level deception over nuclear weapons. An attack on Iran would be the single most irresponsible thing any U.S. leaders could consider.

If the United States is going to hound other nations about nuclear weapons while it, along with Russia, possess 12,000 of these true weapons of mass destruction, then maybe they should look at countries that at least have nuclear weapons.

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tom July 17, 2008 9:02 pm (Pacific time)

it is such a shame that this story was not picked up by the media. It is July 18th, and this is the first time I heard about Carter's remarks, which were made in late May. It's ironic, isn't it that having been villified and treated as the laughing-stock of the late 70's, that President Carter, after all these years, was right the entire time. The Israel nuke story is not new, but to have a former president confirm it is just the nail in the coffin.


Thoughtso June 17, 2008 9:05 am (Pacific time)

I am not surprised. A slightly more horrible situation than I believd; but it makes sense in light of the fascistic trend in the United States since the accursed Reagan era which set the stage for the mess that Bush the Second and his congressional betrayers of the people draged our (?) country into.


robert June 3, 2008 12:50 am (Pacific time)

good job, Tim. bringing up facts that very rarely get reported, and tying them together coherently; good work.


dnkashyap@yahoo.com June 2, 2008 3:40 am (Pacific time)

no state is rouge, it the greed, lust of human being that makes u to sub servat the other people/smaller nations, for ur personal gain gxqd7


Watcher June 2, 2008 7:42 am (Pacific time)

Henry Ruark, so do you think Tony Blair and the former leader of Australia, and all other state leaders should be prosecuted for sending military troops/assistance to Iraq? We are in the middle of an election cycle that is about to get real bitter, I would not hold your breath waiting for an impeachment process. It will not happen, though I have no doubt Conyers will try, but he will be ignored.


michael June 2, 2008 12:56 am (Pacific time)

Israel's nukes are for the decapitation of the USA for when a critical mass of the American public come to understand that Israel did 911 to kick off the wars against Afghanistan, Iraq and soon Iran. The understanding will be followed by demands that America do `something` against Israel, and not surprisingly, because of the paralysis by a bought bi partisan Administration, which will be as complete as it will be palpable, the probability of a nuclear strike by America against Israel will be unlikely and it is this reluctance which will defuse the situation away from nuclear confrontation between America and its then erstwhile best friend. However, the American public will still be seething, and hopefully will be placated with the cutting of all ties with Israel, which is the better option, as Israel has the capacity to pre emptively destroy America due to infiltration at all levels of the nuclear command and control structures were Congress to grow some.


Anonymous June 1, 2008 8:02 pm (Pacific time)

POC, the Office of Special Plans, set up by Rumsfeld and Feith within our Pentagon/CIA CREATED the intel to get us into war. The real CIA did not provide them the intel they were seeking so they set up the OSP. Check out the New Yorker article written by Seymour Hersh in 2003. He was SPOT ON. http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/05/12/030512fa_fact


Anonymous June 1, 2008 7:57 pm (Pacific time)

Vic, Israel will never come clean. Iran however is a signor to the NPT. They wouldn't DARE attack Israel or they would be wiped off the map, literally. It is such an obvious joke. For sure there will be an attack and it will be another 911 or 7-7-7.


sharpinchitown June 1, 2008 7:54 pm (Pacific time)

Israel is a "state" of the U.S. who is now run by a rogue government. We put them there and then we helped keep them there. They do our bidding and take the fall for it. Evil is pervasive in both countries and affecting billions of people around the world. There is no crime out of their reach, there is no terror outside their thought. They are pure evil, both the U.S. neocon administration and Israel. Throughout history good has always fought evil and today is no different.


Anonymous June 1, 2008 6:43 pm (Pacific time)

Who established Israel? Why? When that questioned is answered then all will know who the true enemies of peace are.


gmathol June 1, 2008 3:32 pm (Pacific time)

Only a matter of time when a desperate group, I don't think Israel is a state, will make use of those nukes. The jewish squatters need more land and also the water rights from other countries like Jordania.


Haley June 1, 2008 1:46 pm (Pacific time)

And just where exactly did the israelis get all there (internationally banned and illegal) nuclear weapons? From america! Imagine that! Isn`t it funny how terrorists always stick together?


AHMED MOMIR - EGYPT June 1, 2008 7:40 am (Pacific time)

Israel has 150 nuclear weapons. WHY? WHY?


Brice May 31, 2008 11:04 am (Pacific time)

May I suggest a non-partisan source that sheds light on an evaluation process for the different media outlets. If you go to http://journalism.org, which is known as "Project for Excellence in Journalism" you may find a rich source of updated information. One of the articles does a breakdown on the type of coverage the different cable networks (and other news outlet types) has provided for the presidential candidates. It was reported that FOX was the harshest critic of the presumptive republican nominee, probably just the opposite some may have thought. It can be difficult to find a non-partisan source but this one seems to be, does anyone have a better one or a negative critique of this one (above link provided)? I also like CNN, or anytime I can see opposing viewpoints that have a fair process that allows one lay out their ideas.


Henry Ruark May 30, 2008 4:29 pm (Pacific time)

Brice et al: Re reaction to Fox, mine comes from long surveillance over some years, guided by need to analyze-write what they do and how. Then consult with others also experienced, both in analysis and working experience in media and specifically in television news. Then, to be completely professional, one must add the final details from the insider point of view, from those in the industry at work there every day. I cheat a bit there since have two sons working in tv-news daily, know list of anchors, producers, assignment editors, et al, et al, et al, and do not hesitate to seek out their views as bound to be damned better than those of most outsiders. From that standpoint, Fox is danger to what news should be in a democracy. For detailed analyses (NOT mine own !), ID self to Editor Tim and I will gladly supply, as my small part in makiing sure others know reality, sometimes obscured by their politics or life experience. Fo what it's worth, that's what guides whatever I write here about Fox --and about Murdoch, a longtime "beast in the forest" for every thinking journalist in any way concerned about commonweal rather than mere dollars. IF you find this a bit intense, go talk with those who know, working in the field, and those who pay for it, the advertisers. You will find very unusual agreement among those two very varying groups as to Murdoch, Fox, and their ethical actions vis a vis the news and its processing for public consumption.


Brice May 30, 2008 3:14 pm (Pacific time)

I watch all the cable news networks (I usually tape daily because of my weird work schedule) and I find FOX to be pretty good. They do allow all sides to push their point of view, certainly a lot better than one other network I will not mention. You have plenty of liberals and conservatives on FOX, and you see politicans and pundits of all stipes putting forth their opinions. Those who dislike this Network, well when was the last time you watched and who? Of course i will never watch O'Reilly, he makes me physically ill. Even mentioning his name I feel a wretch coming on. Opps, better go...


Henry Ruark May 30, 2008 11:40 am (Pacific time)

P-O-C et al: Further proof in current Leonardo cartoon-strip, this issue. Check out what's there now for overall view of current situation, strong enough for Glen to commit-to-strip. His use of that format one of best in nation, as many will come to understand as he continues.


Henry Ruark May 30, 2008 11:36 am (Pacific time)

P-O-C et al: Your key phrase is: "They were provided with the same intel, which was intel that was used in the previous administration as well as the countries in NATO." Diligent reporter checks out all claims; did so again on this one. Here's what I found: Documentation now shows this was belief-at-time, but new information indicates strongly that intel-data was distorted, almost-surely badly perverted intentionally by Bush/Cheney cabal. Plame-name leak now seen as part of cabal-effort to cover up, even at cost of disclosing spy-name, perhaps deaths of some of her sources; also now major reason for Rove effort to avoid sworn testimony. Too long for detail here; if you ID-to-Editor for direct, will send you documenting PDFs and other information. BUT intel/to/Congress and to U.S. press-and-people was most definitely NOT the known-truth at the time war was sold. THUS blame/guilt/contempt must attach now to those who truly earned it then.


Henry Ruark May 30, 2008 8:50 am (Pacific time)

Patriot et al: Your link turns up Israelis burning New Testament, typical Fox News story. With their reputation for distortion, one must read this one as coded language intended to smear and pervert further open understandings of what's actually happening in Israel. Truth is strong probability here, but way story is slanted is evident on close reading --as one must do with anything from Fox sources. Basic Fox principle is "Give public what it wants" for the dollars thus reaped by content handling built on sensation and titillation, as in any and all Murdoch/owned media.


patriot May 30, 2008 7:25 am (Pacific time)

Israel also has fire. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,359024,00.html


Henry Ruark May 29, 2008 5:00 pm (Pacific time)

P/O/C et al: Beg to differ, friend. Even insiders of Bush-cabal now admit that intel was distorted and perverted, and record shows preemptive attack on Iraq was in work in Reagan-Bush I times, with Cheney et al involved in preparations-then. Re impeachment, it will cut to heart of DC dilemma, and may force succession-change of solid worth, considering the sequence now. Without it we leave precedent inviting fascistic overthrow, with huge Pentagon dominance-of-world as added threat. History has sorry record for ANY governance system allowing itself to be so seduced. We face inevitable even if "unforeseen" consequences if we allow this destructive design to be successful in the slightest sense, part, or portion. Do you really doubt there is plenty of solid evidence for impeachment now ? IF so, what's missing is the will-to-act --and historically that cometh from the wit, wisdom and will of the people, for the people, BY the people.


Princeofchaos May 29, 2008 1:14 pm (Pacific time)

Vic an excellent point. Maybe you should contact Sen. Wyden's office and see what they think about it. Mr. Ruark regarding the senate impeaching Bush, then they have to also impeach themselves. They were provided with the same intel, which was intel that was used in the previous administration as well as the countries in NATO. I just don't think the senate can pull the trigger on this impeachment desire of yours, though I am in complete agreement that I would like to see him impeached, but for different reasons. The attack on Iraq was a joint process by congress and the president, like it or not, that's how it is.


Henry Ruark May 29, 2008 10:51 am (Pacific time)

To all: Please forgive typo in reference to Reagan-BUSH ! cabal --and don't overlook fact Cheney et al were there in numbers and high influence, too. That may well build rational inference of long-term action intent, if and when Congress dares to deal with realities --such as those now surfacing in more and deeper detail.


Henry Ruark May 29, 2008 9:55 am (Pacific time)

To all: Now that we're learning the indisputable truth about so much done to us, and to others in our name, since the original Reagan-Hush I cabal, why are not more rational and reasonable Americans thinking very seriously about the full implications if we do NOT now --in the face of these facts--impost the Constitutional remedy left to us as part of our inheritance from the Founding Fathers ? Yes --I definitely DO mean impeachment, without which we have allowed a precedent-set sure to be much more damning even than that paid-for one with the Supremes, setting up false justification for fast and vast "corporate campaign contributions", in the name of erroneous "personhood".


nax May 29, 2008 9:54 am (Pacific time)

Its more than one miliard muslims against 5 milion jews


nax May 29, 2008 9:52 am (Pacific time)

Its more than one miliard muslims against 5 milion jews


Vic May 29, 2008 6:43 am (Pacific time)

Great article, Tim ! Under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, we are not supposed to engage in commerce or do any kind of business with nuclear armed nations that do not sign the NPT. Perhaps if we cut the $15 million per day that our govt gives to Israel , they may be persuaded to open Dimona to IAEA inspectors.

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