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Rare Photos of Israeli Nuclear Research Center Released

Nuclear ambiguity? Israel has released rare photos of the construction of the Dimona nuclear plant. The photos do not endanger security, but their publication indicates Israel may become less secretive.
Rare picture taken during construction of the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev

Rare picture taken during construction of the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev

The architectural firm responsible for the construction of the Dimona nuclear plant in the 1960s has released rare photos of the project for the first time.

The architect, Dan Eitan, sent President Shimon Peres the black and white photos to recognize the president’s role in the construction of what originally was called “a Negev civic center” and now officially is known as the Nuclear Research Center in the Israeli Negev.

The Israel Defense website published the photos that were taken during the construction of the reactor, which it noted that “according to foreign reports, manufactures hundreds of nuclear and hydrogen bombs for Israel.”

Pictures that were posted include the library, the water tower and residences as well as satellite photography of the reactor taken from space and a sketch of the plant.

The photos were taken by architect Dan Eitan, and were sent by him to Shimon Peres (current president of Israel) in recognition of the latter’s contribution to the construction of the complex.

Israel maintains a policy of “nuclear ambiguity,” meaning that it does not admit nor deny that it possesses nuclear warheads, although most defense analysts estimate the country has at least 200.

Israel has promised it would not be the first country in the Middle East to “introduce” nuclear weapons in the region.

The Arab world has been pushing for the declaration of a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East as a way to force Israel to divulge its nuclear capability.

Israel questions the usefulness of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty particularly in light of Iran’s constant denial of circumstantial evidence that leaves no doubt that it is trying to manufacture a nuclear weapon.

Blueprint of the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev

Blueprint of the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev

Residence units for Dimona nuclea rplant staff

Residence units for Dimona nuclear plant staff

 

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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4 Responses to “Rare Photos of Israeli Nuclear Research Center Released”

  1. Victor Abadi says:

    DEDICATE AL DEPORTE, DEJA DE PONER NOTAS DE DIMONA.

  2. Eva Feld says:

    Any questions why Israel never signed the non-proliferation treaty? The architectural designs look beautiful,

  3. Blimpus Maximus says:

    Israel did not sign the NPT because it would prevent it from building nuclear weapons. That's the whole point of the Treaty. The purpose of the Dimona facility is to build nuclear weapons. Therefore, Israel would have zero reason to sign the treaty – and it hasn't.

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