ElGordillo
Friday, April 19, 2002
 

There's been a few discussions of the folly of pushing a nuclear armed state like Israel right up against it (for example, here). Can anyone tell me what exactly is the status of Israel's nuclear arsenal? Apparently they have Jericho missiles (IRBMs), but what of the warheads? Are we talking relatively simple boosted-fission warheads here, or full-on thermonukes? There's a 20-50x difference in the specific yield (i.e. bang-per-tonne) between the two so it makes a difference.

Would Israel respond with a nuclear weapon that would kill hundreds of thousands if, say, Saddam lobbed a chemically-tipped Scud at Tel Aviv and killed ten thousand?

 


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