Shimon Peres: State Funeral, Hollywood and Nuclear Mordechai Vanunu

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Among the heads of State who attended Friday’s State Funeral for Shimon Peres were President Abbas, President Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry, French President Francois Hollande, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German President Joachim Gauck, British Prime Minister Theresa May, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, former British prime minister David Cameron and Britain’s Prince Charles.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/30/middleeast/peres-funeral-abbas-netanyahu-handshake/

Shimon Peres served Israel as prime minister, president, foreign minister, defense minister, finance minister and he played a leading role in the decisions that created the Israel of today.

Peres established Israel’s Aerospace Industries, nuclear Dimona, coined the phrase “nuclear ambiguity” and received a Nobel Peace Prize.

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“Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan,” is an unofficial biography about the Hollywood producer, longtime weapons dealer, Israeli intelligence agent and close friend of  Shimon Peres who died on Wednesday, 28 September 2016.

In the 1970′s, Peres was Minister of Defense when he recruited Milchan as an agent for Lakam, a ‘secret’ unit in Israel’s defense ministry that purchased technological parts and materials for Israel’s WMD program.

Since its founding in the mid-1950′s, the agency was headed by Benjamin Blumberg…

Blumberg was Milchan’s friend, and used him (as well as other Israeli businessmen) to set up straw companies around the world, and to open secret bank accounts for financing the nuclear plant in Dimona and other Israeli security industries. Lakam was in effect an intelligence unit dealing with technological and scientific espionage, and served as a kind of ‘theft contractor’ for the Israeli security industry…

For years, Milchan operated in secret, yet in the mid-1980′s U.S. customs uncovered an attempt to smuggle ‘switches’ – equipment that can be used both for medical purposes and for nuclear weapons manufacture – by the California-based Milco company, owned by Milchan…

The FBI began an investigation into Milchan’s affairs, yet he has never been charged.

Right after the ‘switches’ fiasco Milchan called his friend Peres, then prime minister, and asked for his help in dealing with the Ronald Reagan administration.

Milchan is quoted in the book as saying he never received money for his services, and that everything he did was for the state of Israel. [1]

 

In “The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s secret alliance with apartheid South Africa” we learn about Shimon Peres’ ‘secret’ offer to sell nuclear warheads to the South African Apartheid regime in 1975:

PW Botha, South Africa’s defense minister asked Shimon Peres [who was then Israel’s defense minister] for nuclear warheads.

Peres offered them “in three sizes” which are understood as conventional, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Peres and Botha also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that “the very existence of this agreement” was to remain secret.

Israeli officials “formally offered to sell South Africa some of the nuclear-capable Jericho missiles in its arsenal.”

A 31 March 1975, “top secret” memo laid out the benefits to South Africa in obtaining the Jericho missiles if they were fitted with nuclear weapon

On 4 June 1975, Peres and Botha met in Zurich and by then, the Jericho project had been renamed Chalet.

The top-secret minutes of that meeting recorded that:

Minister Botha expressed interest in a limited number of units of Chalet subject to the correct payload being available…

Minister Peres said the correct payload was available in three sizes.

Minister Botha expressed his appreciation. [2]

Botha did not go ahead with the deal because of the cost and the fact that final approval was dependent on Israel’s prime minister.

South Africa did build its own nuclear bombs and also provided much of the yellow-cake uranium that Israel required to develop its nuclear arsenal.

The documents also confirm that former South African naval commander, Dieter Gerhardt admitted there was an agreement between Israel and South Africa called Chalet that involved an offer by Israel to arm eight Jericho missiles with “special warheads” understood as atomic bombs.

Some weeks before Peres made his offer of nuclear warheads to Botha, the two defense ministers signed a covert agreement governing the military alliance known as Secment.

It was so secret that it included a denial of its own existence: “It is hereby expressly agreed that the very existence of this agreement shall be secret and shall not be disclosed by either party.” [Ibid]

On 2 October 2009, The Washington Times reported that “Obama agreed to keep Israel’s nukes ‘secret’ and reaffirmed a 4-decade-old understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections.”

Three officials spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, but all said Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May 2009.

Under the understanding, the U.S. has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.

This nuclear deception was reached at a summit between President Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on 25 September 1969 with “the United States passively accepting Israel’s nuclear weapons status as long as Israel does not unveil publicly its capability or test a weapon.”

Recently Dr. Avner Cohen discussed his work in the best book about “The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb” with Haaretz and affirmed:

The United States and most of the Western world agreed to accept Israel’s special nuclear status.

In other words, Israel did not join the Non-Proliferation Treaty, but it received special status, and pressure was not exerted on it with regard to this topic.

Ambiguity is the Israeli-American policy.

Without the West’s agreement, there would be no ambiguity.

On 15 January 2011, The New York Times reported:

Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, Dimona has taken on a new, equally secret role — as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s efforts to make a bomb of its own.

Behind Dimona’s barbed wire, the experts say, Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran’s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium.

They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.

Though American and Israeli officials refuse to talk publicly about what goes on at Dimona, the operations there, as well as related efforts in the United States, are among the newest and strongest clues suggesting that the virus was designed as an American-Israeli project to sabotage the Iranian program…

Officially, neither American nor Israeli officials will even utter the name of the malicious computer program, much less describe any role in designing it.

How and when Israel obtained this kind of first-generation centrifuge remains unclear, whether from Europe, or the Khan network, or by other means.

But nuclear experts agree that Dimona came to hold row upon row of spinning centrifuges…another clue involves the United States…an expert added that Israel worked in collaboration with the United States in targeting Iran, but that Washington was eager for ‘plausible deniability.’

 

Referring to Mordechai Vanunu, Shimon Peres ordered the Mossad to “bring the son of a bitch back” to Israel, which they did after kidnapping Vanunu from Rome on 30 September 1986.

Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: “No one shall he subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention”, including abduction of a person by agents of one state to another state.

Within days of the announcement for 2009’s Nobel Peace Prize, Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower the still NOT Free Mordechai Vanunu declined the honor in a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo:

I am asking the committee to remove my name from the nominations…I cannot be part of a list of laureates that includes Simon Peres…Peres established and developed the atomic weapon program in Dimona in Israel…Peres was the man who ordered [my] kidnapping…he continues to oppose my freedom and release…WHAT I WANT IS FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM….FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW.

Alfred Nobel’s intention was to reward people with a moral backbone and he hoped to create icons and examples to humankind.

In 1994, Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres were all awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for playing a part in achieving the Oslo Declaration of Principles.

According to the preamble of the DOP, peace was to be based on mutual respect and reconciliation…

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In 2012, Eileen ran for US House of Representatives District 5, in Fl.
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