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Israel is thought to have begun developing nuclear weapons in the 1960s, allegedly in co-operation with South Africa. According to some estimates, Israel could very rapidly make over 100 nuclear warheads operational. Israel maintains that it will not be the first state in the region to introduce nuclear weapons. This is usually taken to mean that weapons are held one step short of final assembly. The military nuclear programme is centred on the Dimona nuclear research center in the Negev desert.


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