Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Lambeth Palace, London, Britain, March 8, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Yui Mok / Pool.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s warning that his country will build a nuclear bomb if Iran does so is “serious,” a proliferation expert told The Algemeiner on Thursday.
In fact, according to Andrea Stricker, a senior policy analyst at the Washington, DC-based Institute for Science and International Security, the Saudis have already made moves to develop their own nuclear capabilities.
“It looks like they’re seeking to facilitate a basis to obtain nuclear power capabilities in a way that could be used to make nuclear weapons later down the road,” Stricker said. “But it takes time to develop nuclear infrastructure. So that’s why if they want to be ready for the end of the nuclear deal with Iran they have to start now.”
“It seems like they’re trying to do it legitimately,” she added, with the Saudis acquiring civilian technology first, such as plutonium “that would give them the basis to use that plutonium down the road.”
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“They want a reactor that could produce plutonium,” Stricker continued. “And they could enrich their own fuel … they could claim they want to enrich uranium for the reactor.”
However, the international community may have some leverage in this case, because “all that would require outside supply,” Stricker said. “So one thing is you don’t want countries to supply them with enrichment or reprocessing capabilities. And you want to obtain commitments that they won’t reprocess or enrich if they are going to get a nuclear reactor.”
Asked whether the Iran nuclear agreement could be amended enough to assuage Saudi concerns, Stricker replied, “I think there’s a possibility. There’s a couple of months left before Europe has to agree to strengthening provisions that [President Donald] Trump has put down. He wants them to agree to extend the limitations on Iran’s nuclear program. And then deal with ballistic missiles and inspections, he wants stronger inspections. So there’s a chance. Sounds like right now they’re having difficulties though.”
The most pressing question, however, is whether all this could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. “I think it could,” Stricker commented. “Turkey might be the one that would go next. Maybe Egypt. It would take a few decades for all this to happen probably, but we definitely want to deal with the Iran problem now so there’s not a reason for anyone else to go nuclear.”
As to whether such an arms race could lead to an actual nuclear exchange, Stricker surmised, “I guess it’s hard to say. It creates a lot of instability in some ways. If you look at India and Pakistan, they’ve had conventional skirmishes, but it has never gone up to the level of nuclear war. But you never know. It depends on who’s in power.”
African business leaders meet with officials from the Israeli company Ashra as part of the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange tour of the Jewish state. (Credit: American Jewish Committee/)|
A delegation of 10 African business leaders and entrepreneurs are touring Israel as part of an effort to grow further business and development ties between the Jewish state and sub-Saharan Africa.
Fremale tank commander at helm (Photo courtesy IDF)
On Thursday, the first four female tank commanders complete the Armored Corps’s tank commanders course. The four armored combat soldiers underwent 16 weeks of training at the 460 Brigade and successfully completed the course.
Armored Corps Chief Brigadier General Guy Hasson stated: “After a year and four months of experience, we can say with certainty that an armored combat team under the command of a female tank commander is capable of carrying out operational activity as part of the border defense system.”
Astronaut Randolf Bresnik tweeted this photo of Israel from space. (@AstroKomrade/Twitter)
Israel was ranked the eighth most powerful country in the world, according to US News & World Report magazine’s 2018 best country rankings. With few natural resources and surrounded by sworn enemies, one entrepreneur is convinced that it is Israel’s destined role as a Light Unto the Nations that has fueled this rise to the top.
The ranking, measuring a country’s diplomatic, economic and military might, placed the tiny Jewish State ahead of most European countries, Australia, Canada, and all of the Arab countries. One of the major factors for placing Israel so high on the list was its role as a leader in global technology.
New reports reveal the connections between BDS and Islamic terrorists.
Those were the words of Ismail Haniyeh, a former Hamas prime minister and the head of its Politburo. And they revealed that Hamas considers BDS to be a component of its strategy for destroying Israel.
Even as Hamas continues the violence against Israel, it has gone on cheering BDS.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar puts the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israel ahead of any proposals to ease the decadelong siege on the Gaza Strip.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar (C) shouts slogans as he takes part in a tent city protest near the border with Israel, east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, March 30, 2018.
When the Oslo deal that would create two Islamic terror states inside Israel came up for a vote in the Knesset, the legislator whose vote helped it pass is the same man now accused of spying for Iran.
The strange story of Gonen Segev, doctor, Minister of Energy, drug smuggler, Nigerian exile and now accused Iranian spy, is also that of the dirty politics behind the peace process. It wasn’t idealism that made the deal with the PLO. It was dirty backroom deals with dangerously unprincipled politicians.
For years, Israel’s Right has asserted that the Supreme Court tilts sharply Left, treating Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria in an unfair and even unjust manner. Time and again, politicians and pundits have argued that behind their pronouncements of principle, the justices were in fact often motivated by political agendas.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Although nuclear strategy must, by definition, be shaped without historical precedent, it should contain certain ancient core concepts. The strategic postulates first laid down by Sun Tzu could be referenced usefully by the current architects of US nuclear strategy, especially with reference to an already nuclear North Korea, and to a plausibly future nuclear adversary in Iran.
Last week, in Kibbutz Beit HaEmek in northern Israel, a vote was held in order to decide whether three single parent asylum seekers and their children should be allowed to stay there.
With a majority of 92 against 87, the decision was made against their absorption. It’s not just any Kibbutz but one with an especially high percentage of Meretz voters.
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It’s a radical idea, very different from the 50-year-and-counting win-win assumption of “land for peace” that has transfixed governments and monopolized their attention. That old idea holds that putting Palestinians and Israelis in a room together will prompt them to settle their differences. On the cusp of the Oslo Accords’