DIPLOMACY: Out of the Nuclear Closet

One of the worst-kept secrets in the Middle East is Israel's nuclear capability. For nearly a decade, Israel has had the materials and scientific talent needed to make atomic weapons, as well as some means of firing them on Arab targets. Jerusalem has consistently refused to acknowledge its nuclear muscle; yet since it is fooling practically no one, what is to be gained by ambiguity? Not much, argues Robert W. Tucker, professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University. In the November issue of Commentary, Tucker suggests that Israel should seriously consider making public the existence of an atomic arsenal...

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