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Report: CIA believes Israel acquired chemical weapons decades ago

September 10, 2013
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Source: Jerusalem Post

Israel is believed to have secretly developed a range of chemical weapons in the 1960s and 70s as further defense against an attack by the surrounding enemy states, according to a report in Foreign Policy, which quotes a “secret 1983 CIA intelligence estimate.”

The CIA document, Foreign Policy says, states that US satellites in 1982 found “a probable CW [chemical weapon] nerve agent production facility and a storage facility… at the Dimona Sensitive Storage Area in the Negev Desert.” Furthermore, the document is claimed to have said, “Other CW production is believed to exist within a well-developed Israeli chemical industry.”

The CIA document purportedly goes on to say that, “While we cannot confirm whether the Israelis possess lethal chemical agents, 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… with suitable delivery systems.”

The article claims that the research and development of these weapons is being carried out at what it brands the “secretive”Israel Institute for Biological Research, located in Nes Ziona, a short distance south of Tel Aviv.

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