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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:07 AM
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Britain gave Israel plutonium, files show
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"Britain secretly supplied Israel with plutonium during the 1960s despite a warning from military intelligence that it could help the Israelis to develop a nuclear bomb, it was disclosed last night. The deal, made during Harold Wilson's Labour government, is revealed in classified documents released under the Freedom of Information Act and obtained by BBC2's Newsnight programme.

The documents also show how Britain made hundreds of shipments to Israel of material which could have helped in its nuclear weapons programme, including compounds of uranium, lithium, beryllium and tritium, as well as heavy water.

Israel asked Britain in 1966 to supply 10mg of plutonium. Israel would have required almost 5kg of plutonium to build an atomic bomb, but British defence intelligence officials warned that 10mg had "significant military value" and could enable the Jewish state to carry out important experimental work to speed up its nuclear weapons programme.

Documents show that the decision to sell plutonium to Israel in 1966 was blocked by officials in both the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office, who said: "It is HMG's policy not to do anything which would assist Israel in the production of nuclear weapons." But the deal was forced through by a Jewish civil servant, Michael Michaels, in Tony Benn's Ministry of Technology, which was responsible for trade in nuclear material, according to Newsnight."

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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:48 AM
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1. Link?
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:50 AM
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2. Click 'more.' n/t
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:07 AM
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3. Thanx
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:22 AM
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4.  they are our best friends
so what is the problem? the brits and the usa let israel can do what ever it wants...
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:28 AM
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5. Although it is old news, it won't help in the middle east
I am sure it will be pointed to as evidence that the western powers have had a history of treating Israel preferentially, when it comes to nuclear weapons. Cold war considerations will be used to explain this, but the optics will still be bad to most people in the Arab world.
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LeftistGorilla Donating Member (583 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:12 AM
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6. amazing....
:nuke:
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High Plains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:38 PM
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7. To the UN Security Council with both of them!
Oh, wait, Britain and Israel are "good" countries. Nevermind.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:49 PM
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8. Well at least send weapons inspectors
oh no, can't have that now, can we?

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