Published On: Wed, Sep 11th, 2013

CIA documents reveal Israeli stockpile of chemical weapons

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Saed Bannoura (IMEMC) , - A newly-discovered document of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency revealed Monday by Foreign Policy magazine shows that the U.S. agency had decisive evidence dating back to at least the 1980s that Israel had a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons.

The revelation comes in the midst of reports about the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on August 21st, although there is still no clarity as to whether the regime or the rebels carried out the attack, or whether it was an accident.

Israeli nuclear and chemical weapons manufacturing facility at Dimona (image by

Israeli nuclear and chemical weapons manufacturing facility at Dimona (image by

While U.S. President Barack Obama threatened to go to war with Syria over the attack, the Syrian government has denied responsibility, and has agreed to a proposal by the Russian government to open its stores of chemical weapons to international inspection and destruction.

The document revealed by Foreign Policy magazine on Monday shows that, in addition to building up a nuclear stockpile of an estimated three hundred nuclear weapons during the 1960s and 70s, the Israeli military also developed an extensive stockpile of chemical and biological weapons.

The 1983 document stated that U.S. spy satellites had identified “a probable CW [chemical weapon] nerve agent production facility and a storage facility… at the Dimona Sensitive Storage Area in the Negev Desert. Other CW production is believed to exist within a well-developed Israeli chemical industry.”

“While we cannot confirm whether the Israelis possess lethal chemical agents,” the document adds, “several indicators lead us to believe that they have available to them at least persistent and nonpersistent nerve agents, a mustard agent, and several riot-control agents, marched with suitable delivery systems.”

The single page of a larger CIA report was discovered at the Ronald Reagan Library in California in its unredacted form – the report had been released several years ago to the National Archives, but was heavily censored.

According to the Foreign Policy report, “Israeli historian Avner Cohen, in his 1988 book Israel and the Bomb, wrote that Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion secretly ordered that a stockpile of chemical weapons be built at about the time of the 1956 war between Israel and Egypt. The CIA, on the other hand, believed that Israel did not begin work on chemical weapons until either the late 1960s or the early 1970s.

The article included the following assessment from the 1983 CIA report: “Israel, finding itself surrounded by frontline Arab states with budding CW [chemical weapons] capabilities, became increasingly conscious of its vulnerability to chemical attack. Its sensitivities were galvanized by the capture of large quantities of Soviet CW-related equipment during both the 1967 Arab-Israeli and the 1973 Yom Kippur wars. As a result, Israel undertook a program of chemical warfare preparations in both offensive and protective areas.”

The Israeli government has harshly criticized the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons three weeks ago, and has encouraged President Obama’s pledge to respond militarily.

Israel did sign the Convention to Ban Chemical Weapons, but the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) never ratified the treaty. Israel has never opened its nuclear facility or its chemical weapons stockpile to international inspections.

Saed Bannoura via International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC

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- The International Middle East Media Center, IMEMC , is an independent Palestinian news agency specialized in reporting on Palestinian domestic politics, foreign policy and the Palestine - Israel conflict in English language. The work of IMEMC is particularly valuable, because it is reporting on the daily events, related to the occupation of Palestine, which are otherwise only available in Arabic language. IMEMC contributor and editor Saed Bannora, born 1973 in Palestine, is a prolific Palestinian journalist. After having been shot multiple times by an Israeli death squad, Saed Bannoura is confined to using a wheelchair. Saed Bannoura is a tireless activist for Palestinians rights. His work and the work of his colleagues at t IMEMC is a valuable contribution for readers of nsnbc ìnternational. IMEMC´s website is located at

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  1. Aly Shafa Maliyari says:

    its true israil has the mass destruction weapons but question is who gave , off course ultimate name is USA who is the father of all eveils and father of Israil as well, USA double standred dealings brought this world to the edge of destruction, now world civilized people should understand the reality , USA just want to make Israil strong as its watchman in middle east which is just a dream , humanity will loose lives but USA dream won’t be trun in reality , westren media alos baised in case of Israil and USA, Alqidha is enemy in Afghanistan, yaman, Iraq , but rebel and war heros in syria why and how ??

    • Ironsides says:

      It’s really the strangle-hold England has over the U.S.. The Rothschild families and Rockefellers control England and the U.S., to benefit Israel. The BANK-MOBS are European and American ZIONISTS, who use the U.S. to do their dirty-work. Then, they turn around, and get the mainstream-media to tell the world how bad the U.S. is.

    • Ironsides says:

      The reason Al-Queda is an ally in one place, and an enemy in another place is because the CIA, MI5 and MOSSAD manage them that way.

      • annebeck58 says:

        Exactly so!
        It just ticks me off that this is all done at the behest of the lunatic-Bastard-state!
        If we were there playing these war games, for us, it would be different. Since all of these wars are for the lunatics, it is far too much expected of US.

        And our blind government seems to have no clue we know all of this? Are they stupid, too? (never-mind; no need to answer that one.)

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