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Middle East
Israel develops ability to launch atomic weapons from submarines
Israel has modified American-supplied cruise missiles to carry nuclear warheads on submarines, giving it the ability to launch atomic weapons from land, air and beneath the sea, senior Bush administration and Israeli officials were quoted Saturday by The LA Times.
Those would be Tomahawks.
"The previously undisclosed submarine capability bolsters Israel’s deterrence in the event that Iran develops nuclear weapons," the report said.
Two Bush administration officials described the missile modification and an Israeli official confirmed it. All three spoke on condition their names not be disclosed, the paper added.
Haven’t seen the article in the LA Times, but as far as I know, Israel has never officially admitted having nukes. Of course, everyone knows they do, so this is a logical step.
The Americans said they were disclosing the information to caution "Israel’s enemies at a time of heightened tensions in the region and concern over Iran’s alleged ambitions."
"Remember, if any one of you nukes Israel, everybody gets one in return."
Posted by:Steve

#6  Just hope they have enough in the inventory to give Paris an early winter... ;)
Posted by: Earthquake McGoon   2003-10-12 1:19:20 AM  

#5  Same article is in Arab News, subtitled: "oh shit"

just kidding, but it made me smile
Posted by: Frank G   2003-10-11 8:04:10 PM  

#4  "that nuke reactor may have just blown up in a Mullah work accident" -- Actually, I think they'd just have to use their worker's comp. for that one and not sue anybody.
Posted by: Tom   2003-10-11 7:37:27 PM  

#3  "awful tough to figure out who shot the cruise missiles"

Agreed, - not too many parts available to identify, and that nuke reactor may have just blown up in a Mullah work accident hmmm?
Posted by: Frank G   2003-10-11 6:15:29 PM  

#2  It will be awful tough to figure out who shot the cruise missiles. Could be the point.
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-10-11 3:29:54 PM  

#1  Three of these submarines (Dolphin-class diesel) were a German "gift" to Israel promised by Helmut Kohl in 1991 and delivered 1999. With a traveling range of 4,500 kilometers, these vessels have the ability to launch cruise missiles, and can remain at sea for up to a month. (Jerusalem Post says Israel bought them but they were in fact paid for by the Germans, or at least heavily subsidised). The Israelis had insisted on bigger torpedo barrels as usual (650 mm instead of the usual 533 mm... the German defense department probably knew why. It refused to clearly answer parliamentary questions about the reasons for this change.
Posted by: True German Ally   2003-10-11 3:12:28 PM