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Israeli nuclear capabilities


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Following are some details about Israelzzz*zs nuclear program:

KAMAG - The Hebrew acronym name for the "Nuclear Research Centre Negev" a secret facility near the town of Dimona in the Negev desert. The IRR-2 type heavy-water cooled and moderated reactor is fueled by natural uranium and has a nominal capacity of 26 megawatts. Construction began at the end of 1959 with French help and was a project spearheaded by current Israeli President Shimon Peres. (Source: Israel Atomic Energy Commission)

SOREQ NUCLEAR RESEARCH CENTRE - An applied research and development institute with a small five megawatt research reactor founded in 1958 and situated on the Mediterranean coast between Tel Aviv and the port city of Ashdod to the south.

The reactor specializes in the use of radiation based techniques from equipment for nuclear medicine and radio-pharmaceuticals to non-destructive testing and development of sophisticated methods for detecting contraband and security-threat materials. It also offers radiation protection training. (Source: Israel Atomic Energy Commission)

NUCLEAR ARSENAL - Foreign analysts say Israel could possess a sizable nuclear arsenal. Israel maintains a policy of nuclear ambiguity, refusing to confirm or deny its abilities. Based on estimates of the plutonium production capacity of the Dimona reactor, experts say Israel could have 100-200 advanced nuclear explosive devices. Officially, Israel has declared that it will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East. Israel has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).
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