vrijdag 28 mei 2010

Verhaal The Guardian over kernwapenaanbod Israel aan Zuid-Afrika "ronduit absurd"

 
Ook deskundigen als Yossi Melman (Haaretz correspondent) en Avner Cohen (deskundig op het gebied van Israels nucleaire wapenprogramma) zeggen dat het verhaal in de Guardian niet op feiten is gebaseerd, en dat niet uit het gepresenteerde materiaal kan worden opgemaakt dat Israel Zuid-Afrika kernkoppen zou hebben aangeboden. Cohen zegt erover:
 
The headline, sub-headline, and lede of Chris McGreal's story are erroneous and misleading.
Nothing in the documents suggests there was an actual offer by Israel to sell nuclear weapons to the regime in Pretoria. To the contrary, the conversation amounted to a probe by the South Africans, which ultimately went nowhere.
 
Ook Suransky, de originele bron van het Guardian artikel, zegt dat niet duidelijk is of het inderdaad om kernkoppen ging. Het Guardian verhaal is gebaseerd op een hoop aannames en interpretaties van een journalist die om zijn antizionistische ideeën bekend staat, en er vooral op uit is om Israel als een Apartheidsstaat neer te zetten. Het voldoet daarom niet aan elementaire journalistieke normen.
 
RP
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Guardian nukes story 'simply ludicrous'




Ex-South African president denies report Israel tried to sell nukes.
 
 
Recent reports that Israel offered to sell nuclear weapons to South Africa are "simply ludicrous," to a FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid-era South Africa.

The news Web site IOL quoted the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as saying that he had "never been informed of any such developments" as those reported in the Guardian's report earlier this week.

The Guardian's report, which claims to contain "the first documentary evidence" of Israel's possession of nuclear weapons, alleges that in 1975, South African Defense Minister PW Botha met secretly with President Shimon Peres, who was then Israel's defense minister, and asked for nuclear warheads, which Peres allegedly offered "in three sizes."
The paper wrote that in the same meeting the two also signed a secret, broad-ranging military agreement.

De Klerk flatly denied the story, saying, "I have no reason to question the information that was consistently conveyed to me by the relevant authorities that South Africa developed nuclear weapons on its own."

The former South African president's comments were in line with a sharp denial which Peres issued on Monday, saying that the claims had "no basis in reality."

Herb Keinon contributed to this report
 
 

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