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Facilities

Last Updated: December, 2011

Nuclear

While Israel is widely acknowledged to possess nuclear weapons, Tel Aviv maintains a policy of "nuclear ambiguity," or "nuclear opacity," refraining from overt admissions that it possesses nuclear weapons, nuclear tests, or threats to its adversaries that explicitly involve nuclear weapons. The majority of open source information about Israel's nuclear activities comes either from Israeli government leaks or non-Israeli analyses. Therefore, the following descriptions and analyses of Israeli nuclear facilities are inherently speculative, based on the most credible available open source material.

Facilities Descriptions

Nuclear-Fuel Fabrication
Nuclear-Heavy Water Production
Nuclear-Waste Management

Missiles

Israel considers its military missile and space activities to be classified and does not officially comment on them. The majority of open source information about Israel's missile activities comes either from Israeli government leaks or non-Israeli analyses. Therefore, the following descriptions and analyses of Israeli missile facilities are inherently speculative, based on the most credible available open source material.

Facilities Descriptions

Missile-Base
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  • Widely believed to have produced enough weapons-grade plutonium for 100 to 200 nuclear warheads
  • Developing a comprehensive multi-layered missile defense system
  • Not a state party to the NPT, CTBT, BTWC, CWC or MTCR

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