Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid hinted at the country’s nuclear arsenal during a speech on Monday. writes CNN.
Speaking at an event to mark the change of leadership in the country’s Atomic Energy Commission, Lapid mentioned Israel’s defensive and offensive capabilities, as well as what he called “other capabilities” – which should obviously be understood as a hint at nuclear weapons.
“The operational arena in an invisible dome above us is built on defensive and offensive capabilities, as well as what the foreign media calls other capabilities. These other opportunities keep us alive and will keep us alive as long as we and our children are here,” Lapid said.
Israel is believed to have several hundred nuclear weapons, which it began developing in the 1960s. Unlike most states that have nuclear weapons, Israel has never officially declared its presence. At the same time, he is implementing a “policy of non-transparency”, that is, being forced to talk about it, Israeli leaders prefer to make only casual mention of nuclear weapons.
The first such statement was made in the early 1960s by then junior defense minister Shimon Peres, who said that Israel “certainly would not be the first to deploy nuclear weapons in the region.”
Recently, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appeared to have acknowledged the existence of nuclear weapons when he listed Israel, along with the United States, Russia and France, as having them, although he later tried to refute the claim.
Benjamin Netanyahu also once called Israel a “nuclear state” during a speech to his cabinet. In the end, he subsequently corrected himself, explaining what he meant by “energy state”.
As reported, on July 15, US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint commitment – The “Jerusalem Declaration” – about countering Iran in its quest to develop nuclear weapons.