Thursday, June 18, 1998 17:28
Seismological Expert: There Was no Israeli Nuclear Testing
(IsraelWire-6/18) According to Dr Avi Shapira, the head of the seismological division of the Israel Geophysical Society, it is not possible that Israel conducted nuclear tests in the area of Eilat on May 28th, as alleged by MK Abd el-Wahab Darawshe.
Dr. Shapira told listeners in a Reshet Bet Radio interview today that in an area as compact as Israel, any nuclear testing, no matter how small a device, would have been apparent in the seismological readings in the area for the day in question, May 28th. Dr. Shapira refuted the report presented by MK Darawshe in his query to government, quoting an Egyptian expert who reported that an Israeli test did take place.
Deputy Defense Minister Silvan Shalom, in his response to Darawshe denied the allegations that a nuclear test took place and he added the accusations were not based on any factual data. He added that Israel has never conducted a nuclear test in the past.