Fukushima and Israel’s Nuclear Programme
… by Vladimir Odintsov, New Eastern Outlook, Moscow
[ Editors Note: We have another great piece from brother Odintsov, the classic overlooked waiting to happen disaster… in Israel of all places.
We here at VT were aware of the fault line as there have been studies that even a ‘light nuclear’ exchange, where Israel attacked someone preemptively and small nukes were used in response, could trigger a fault line with destruction being spread throughout the region.
Mini nukes would be used to reduce warhead size, extend range, allow for more counterfire defense and higher final approach speeds. These were designed primarily to kill naval squadrons with just one shot… where if 49 got shot down, only one was needed.
A lot of so called concerns over nuclear proliferation is nothing more than “we have these to use against you, and we want to make them illegal to use against us.” There is supposed to be some moral logic in there somewhere, but no one has been able to point it out to me.
And then there is the not too small problem that not even mini nukes fired at Israel in retaliation (legal under international law by the way…responding to an attack)…are not even needed to trigger an ecological disaster.
Conventional medium range missiles, salvos of them, can not only destroy places like Dimona and release its plutonium into the air, but also Israel’s nuclear waste dumps. Due to the rotation of the earth and the prevailing winds, the damage would spread East…a very good disincentive for those in that direction. It would be a crap shoot where we all could lose, hence Israel has to be ‘neutralized’ as a WMD threat, and soon.
Corporate media has not covered this much, as it puts the spotlight on the Israeli WMD programs, presenting it in the multiple threat layers it represents. And we all know that mass media feels it their duty to assist Israel against the rest of us…another ‘special relationship’ where we get the short end of the stick.
The two skillfully woven together gives you a leverage where one and one is no longer two…but five, in terms of what you can learn that is critically important to your survival… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published January 28, 2014 –
The series of explosions at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant continues to raise serious concerns in scientific and political communities across many countries, including Israel. The Japanese tragedy has already introduced certain amendments to the course of development of the Israeli nuclear industry.
However, a host of nuclear and energy sector specialists believe that there is a danger of a similar catastrophe taking place at the nuclear reactor inside the Israeli nuclear complex in the city of Dimona in the south of Israel, which is mostly utilized for the production of weapons-grade plutonium to supply Israel’s nuclear weapons programme.
In 1986, a former engineer at the Dimona nuclear centre Mordechai Vanunu fled to the U.K. and gave the British media a substantial amount of information about Israel’s nuclear programme, while also commenting on the intended purpose of each building.
The nuclear complex in Dimona raises concerns primarily because of the geographical and seismic characteristics of the reactor’s location, while at the same time accounting for its current technical condition.
Israel is located on the border of two tectonic plates, right on the Syrian-African tectonic fault. The Dimona nuclear complex is situated almost exactly on this fault line, in the centre of the region that is most susceptible to earthquakes.
Statistics have shown that large-magnitude earthquakes occur here roughly once every 84 years. The previous large earthquake with a magnitude of 6.25 occurred here on July 11, 1927; it killed a few hundred people and devastated four large cities, including Jerusalem.
Israeli experts note that the threat of a large earthquake occurring in Israel grows more prominent every day. According to seismic research, seismologists have recorded numerous tremors over the last few years, however, they believe that a serious earthquake is “but a matter of time”.
As such, Doctor Yizhaq Makovsky from the Department of Marine Geological Research at the Haifa University believes that there is presently a risk of earthquakes occurring in Israel, the largest of which, according to research, could have a magnitude of around 7.1 on the Richter scale.
Due to this, former head of the Nuclear complex in Dimona Professor Uzi Even has expressed concerns that the reactor located there could be completely destroyed in the event of one fairly large earthquake in the Middle East.
He noted that the reactor in Dimona was constructed at around the same time as the power plant in Fukushima using the same American technology. He is of the opinion that a weak point in these structures is the “aged” cooling system, which needs to work at full capacity even after the reactor is shut down.
The failure of the cooling system could lead to the “collapse of the reactor, which is currently happening in Japan,” which could result in a massive environmental disaster for the surrounding regions of the Middle East and North Africa.
He also emphasized that there is a high chance that the nuclear reactor cooling system will malfunction in the event of planned sabotage, or if it is hit by a rocket.
At the same time, the Israeli government has officially stated that this reactor is supposedly being used for research purposes and “does not pose a threat to the country’s population.”
On the other hand, several Israel Parliament representatives as well as specialists within the nuclear industry have begun to question these statements and raise the issue of the necessity to declassify all information about the Dimona reactor.
This was stated, in particular, by Hadash Party Knesset official Dov Khenin. He believes that it is necessary to increase civilian control over security issues at the nuclear site.
He also questioned the quality of the reactor upgrade, stating that “this upgrade, which replaced the shielding around the nuclear core, is a complex operation that requires special technology and the aid of foreign specialists,” which is impossible because Israel has no desire to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and, consequently, because it refuses to let foreign specialists access the site.
The necessity to attract foreign specialists, declassifying the Israeli nuclear programme and, in particular, the Nuclear complex in Dimona, allowing control by the International Atomic Energy Agency over the Israeli reactor, which is being talked about by Israeli specialists and several political officials in the country, are all in direct opposition to Israel’s current nuclear policy.
This is confirmed in particular by Professor Avner Cohen, a specialist in the history of Israel’s nuclear programme. The researchers currently heading the nuclear project in Dimona should have a clear understanding of the present risks and the possible consequences of a catastrophe.
Even if the site is completely safe, society will remain apprehensive if this information is not fully made public. This is why Israel needs to put a stop to its policies of excessive secrecy in the nuclear sector and to communicate with the international community.