RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA The Israeli government has begun selling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia information on how to develop nuclear weapons, according to a senior official at the Israeli military organization iHLS (Israels Homeland Security). Ami Dor-on, a senior nuclear commentator at the organization which is partially funded by U.S. weapons-giant Raytheon came forward because of his concern over the emerging nuclear arms race in the region. The cooperation between the two countries in helping the Saudis to develop a nuclear weapons program is just the latest sign of their warming relationship, with Israel recently calling the Saudi crown prince a partner of Israel.
Israel has been a nuclear power for decades, though its nuclear arsenal is undeclared and the country has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Estimates of its arsenal vary, with most suggesting that Israel possesses from 100 to 200 nuclear weapons. Israel was aided in the development of its nuclear program by Western powers, particularly France. Much of the Western help Israel received, however, was the result of covert thefts of nuclear material from countries such as the United States and Belgium.
While Dor-On, speaking to news outlet Arabi21, did not elaborate on the details of the information being exchanged, he stated that the sharing of this information was likely to be just the beginning of Israeli involvement in a future Saudi nuclear weapons program, which would likely see Israel take the initiative to develop Saudi Arabias effort to acquire nuclear weapons as a result of the growing Saudi-Israeli relations.
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