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Israel and nuclear capability. “Israel must maintain its policy of nuclear ambiguity. Nevertheless, if, at some future point, Middle Eastern countries, notably Iran, shall develop nuclear technology which Israel would deem as a threat, then Israel should partially unveil its nuclear capabilities, as a deterrent”. This is one of the main recommendations of the “Daniel Project” jointly established by security experts from Israel and the US in order to assess the threat to Israel’s national security, posed by Middle Eastern countries, Iran in particular. The detailed, top secret recommendation of the “Daniel Project” were submitted on January 16 2013 to the prime minister at the time, Ariel Sharon.
The “Daniel Project” was set into motion based on the assumption that Israel’s security must be constantly stepped up in view of the threat posed by “irrational countries” and non-governmental terrorist armed with non-conventional weapons. It is believed this threat represents the immediate danger to Israel’s existence. Therefore, Israel must preserve its first strike capabilities and develop them further, in order to maintain its ability to launch a preemptive strike, primarily based on an airstrike and augmented with ground-based means.
Based on the report by “Daniel Project” members, the threats posed to Israel stem from two fronts. The first is a conventional war initiated by a coalition of Arab countries, whether joined by Iran or not, and the second – an unconventional attack using weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – atomic, biological or chemical, whether in the framework of a first strike or in the course of an escalation of a conventional armed conflict.
This top secret US-Israeli issue had already been uncovered by Nativ Online back in April 2014. The full report has also been released on Wikipedia as well as in a lecture by Prof. Louis Beres at Bet Yeshurun, Huston, Texas. According to various publications, the members of the “Daniel Project” comprise of the following figures: Louis René Beres from the US; Na’aman Belkind, former “Aid on Special Means” to Israel’s minister of Defense, a member of Israel’s Atomic Energy Committee and adviser to Prime Minister Begin on the strike against Iraq’s nuclear reactor; former MAFAT chief Prof. Yitzhak Ben Israel; Rand H. Fishbein, former advisor to Senator Daniel Inouye; Dr. Adir Pridor, mathematician, retired Lt. Colonel in the Israeli Air Force, where he served as senior systems designer and former chief military analyst at RAFAEL; retired MK Yoash Tzidon, retired Colonel in the Israeli Air Force.