Israel will continue to adhere to a policy of deliberate ambiguity regarding its nuclear operations, with the support of the United States, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said today (see GSN, Oct. 2, 2009).
"This policy of ambiguity constitutes one of the pillars of Israeli national security and the Americans consider it very important," Ayalon said in a radio interview, Agence France-Presse reported.
"There is no reason for the Americans to change their approach or for Israel to change its position," the deputy minister said.
For the last 40 years, Jerusalem has declared that it would not be the first to introduce strategic arms in the Middle East. It has never formally acknowledged the existence of its widely presumed nuclear arsenal, which is estimated to encompass 100 to 200 warheads.
"This policy will continue and no pressure from any country will make it change," Ayalon said (Agence France-Presse/Press Trust of India, April 7).