In tweet, ex-PM Barak seems to confirm Israel has nuclear weapons


Former prime minister Ehud Barak confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that Israel has nuclear weapons – something that Israeli officials widely understand but avoids declaring publicly as a matter of policy.

“In conversations between Israelis and Western diplomatic officials, great concern is raised about the possibility that, if the coup in Israel is successful, there will be a messianic dictatorship — which has nuclear weapons and wants a confrontation with Islam centered on the Temple Mount. based in the heart of the Middle East,” Barak tweeted in his latest criticism of the government’s attempted judicial reform.

One of the assistants of the Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir tweeted last week that the restoration “will ultimately lead to the Davidic monarchy that protects freedom and the fear of God [akin to the] UAE,”

The Dimona nuclear research facility, officially known as the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center, is said to be home to Israel’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

Foreign estimates have claimed that Israel maintains a stockpile of nuclear weapons ranging from dozens to hundreds of warheads. But Israel has never formally admitted to having a nuclear arsenal, instead maintaining a policy of “nuclear ambiguity”.

Barak has long been one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most vocal critics, as before he was Netanyahu’s defense minister from 2009 to 2013.

A view of the nuclear reactor in Dimona, southern Israel, in 2016. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Since the government revealed its plan to radically limit the power of the High Court of Justice three months ago, Barak has been at the forefront of protests against the plan.

He warned that there is a risk that Israel will become a dictatorship, adding that people are obliged to refuse orders by an “illegitimate regime”.

In February, Barak compared President Isaac Herzog’s proposal to the compromise government on the judicial plan for the extermination efforts of former British prime minister Neville Chamberlain vis-à-vis Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in a post to destroy social media it later.

He accused the Netanyahu government of pursuing a “coup d’état” and said the reform plan was an “attack on the Declaration of Independence” and did not serve the interests of the people or the country.

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