World speculates over Israel's nuclear arsenal

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

As the Iran nuclear crisis lingers, international experts and think tanks have again taken to speculating over Israel's supposed nuclear arsenal.

A report recently published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists concluded that Israel possesses 80 functional nuclear warheads, and has enough fissile material to at least double that number if it sees fit.

For the time being, the researchers believe Israel is content with its current nuclear arsenal, and that the Jewish state ceased building additional warheads in 2004.

Also notable is that the report lists Israel's nuclear arsenal as "Deployed Warheads" rather than "Stockpiled Warheads," suggesting that the weapons are poised and ready for use at a moment's notice.

Israel has never officially commented on whether or not it actually possesses nuclear weapons, but previous assessments by American intelligence also pegged the Israeli nuclear arsenal at around 80 warheads.

By comparison, India and Pakistan are both estimated to possess 100-120 nuclear warheads each.

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