Israeli Nukes lesson: Are Japan and S. Korea Next?*

By Stephen Bryen
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 @ 10:49AM

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Does nuclear deterrence work? And, assuming that it does, is it needed by Japan and South Korea? Perhaps the Israeli example offers some guidance.

Since the mid-1960s, Israel has pursued a nuclear program and today is credited with having a significant nuclear arsenal, although little is known about it. According to various reports, Israel has some 80 or more nuclear weapons, although one report, quoting Colin Powell, puts the number at 200. It has medium- to long-range delivery systems in the form of ballistic missiles (Jericho 2 and Jericho 3) and submarine-launched cruise missiles, as well as bomber-launched weapons (originally the F-4 but today most likely the F-15).  In short, Israel has a nuclear triad not dissimilar to that of the United States.

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