What do newly declassified documents about weapons grade uranium and dual-use technology diversions from the US reveal about the role of espionage in building Israel’s secret arsenal? Did Israel’s proposed nuclear weapons sales to apartheid South Africa signal they are still for sale if the partner and price are right? Do FBI and CIA cover-ups of investigations into Israeli nuclear espionage signal official US government approval or political acquiescence? Are Israel’s nuclear weapons of strategic benefit to the US?
In an event organized by Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP); ‘Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal – Espionage, Opacity and Future’, these questions were tackled by John J. Mearsheimer, Grant F. Smith and Sasha Polakow-Suransky, and moderated by Jeffrey Blankfort. PULSE has previously posted John Mearsheimer’s address; here is the full video of the event as well as individual speaker presentation audios over the fold.
Jeffrey Blankfort reviews US positioning toward the NPT review conference call for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons. He recounts first hand experiences with an ADL/Apartheid South Africa intelligence agent targeting US activists. Middle East analyst Jeffrey Blankfort is host of the Northern California public radio station KZYX international affairs program, “Takes on the World”.
Sasha Polakow-Suransky reviews Apartheid South African sales of yellow-cake uranium to Israel’s military establishment and argues that AIPAC positively contributed to US policymaking. Sasha-Polakow Suransky is editor of Foreign Affairs magazine at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the 2010 book The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa.
John J. Mearsheimer discusses why Israel acquired a nuclear arsenal and the danger it presents to US interests. John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago and author of the book The Tragedy of Great Power Politics and coauthor of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.
Grant F. Smith explores how collaborating in Israeli “strategic ambiguity” undermines rule of law and governance in the United States. He reviews the NUMEC nuclear diversion case and a new Senate attempt to exonerate those involved. Grant F. Smith is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) and author of the books Spy Trade, America’s Defense Line and Foreign Agents.
Producer: Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc.