Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accidentally called the occupation state a “nuclear power” during a cabinet meeting on Sunday but immediately corrected himself to “energy power”.
Netanyahu was talking about a deal that his country signed with Greece and Cyprus on 2 January, paving the way for the construction of the EastMed natural gas pipeline to Europe.
“… the significance of this project is that we are turning Israel into a nuclear power, an energy power,” Netanyahu said, with a freudian slip of a tongue.
He then paused for a beat, acknowledging his mistake with a smile, and then ploughed on with his comments.
The occupation state of Israel is widely believed to have an atomic arsenal but has never confirmed or denied that it has nuclear weapons, maintaining a so-called policy of ambiguity on the issue for decades.
Dimona reactor is a nuclear installation located in the Negev desert. It was built in 1958 and its heavy-water nuclear reactor went active sometime between 1962-1964.
‘Israel’ (with India, North Korea, Pakistan, and South Sudan) is one of five non-signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The occupation state is believed to have produced its first nuclear weapons by 1967, and it has been estimated to possess anywhere between 80-400 nuclear weapons.