Tuesday, July 14, 1998 8:13
Peres Admits to Israeli Nuclear Capability(IsraelWire-7/14) In an unprecedented statement, former prime minister Shimon Peres stated yesterday that Israel "built a nuclear option, not in order to have a Hiroshima but an Oslo." To date, no Israeli leader has made any public statements admitting to Israeli nuclear capabilities, prior to Peres' statement yesterday. Peres added, "we thought the reason that Israel was attacked 5 times was because some of our neighbors thought they can overcome us." He concluded that he believes if not for it [the nuclear option], we would not have Oslo. The former prime minister made the statements during a press conference in Jordan, following his meeting with King Hussein.