1998 Israel Special Weapons News
- AIR FORCE RECEIVES FIRST ARROW MISSILE ISRAEL LINE NOVEMBER 30, 1998 -- A symbolic delivery of the Arrow 2 anti-missile missile to the Israel Air Force and Defense Ministry took place on Sunday during a ceremony at the Israel Aircraft Industries plant producing the missile.
- DEFENSE MINISTRY TO DEVELOP PILOTLESS ANTI-MISSILE PLANE ISRAEL LINE November 5, 1998 -- The Ministry of Defense has decided to move ahead with plans to develop a missile-bearing pilotless plane capable of flying at 50,000 feet and attacking long-range missiles upon their launch, rather than during their re-entry as with the Arrow anti-missile missile. The cost for the new plane, dubbed the HA-10, is expected to reach more than $2 billion.
- CLINTON, NETANYAHU JOINT STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL THREAT TO ISRAEL USIA 31 October 1998 -- Following is the text of a joint statement of President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the potential threat to Israel posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction in the region.
- Workers with Cancer Charge Dimona Nuclear Plant Responsible (IsraelWire) Wednesday, October 28, 1998 -- Eight employees from the Dimona Nuclear Energy Research Facility who have cancer, have filed a claim in the Beersheba Labor Court, after the National Insurance (Bituach Leumi) refused to recognize their illness as work-related.
- MORDECHAI WARNS IRAN AGAINST THREATENING ISRAEL
ISRAEL LINE SEPTEMBER 28, 1998 -- Responding to a statement by Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani, Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai warned Iran not to threaten Israel. Shamkhani had said Iran would fire missiles at Israel if it were to attack the nuclear reactor in southern Iran. Arrow will be partially operational by the end of 1999, at which point it will have interception capabilities. However, it will not be fully operational until 2005.
- Jordan Monitoring Dimona Nuclear Facility (IsraelWire) Sunday, September 27, 1998 -- After reports in the local press last week claimed that Israel's nuclear reactor in the Negev desert was posing a threat of radioactivity in the region, Jordanian officials Friday said daily tests “have not found any abnormal nuclear radioactivity” in Jordan.
- No abnormal radioactivity in Jordan from Dimona nuclear plant — officials By Ahmad Khatib Jordan Times Saturday, September 26, 1998 -- After reports in the local press last week claimed that Israel's nuclear reactor in the Negev desert was posing a threat of radioactivity in the region, officials here Friday said daily tests “have not found any abnormal nuclear radioactivity” in Jordan.
- ISRAEL SUCCESSFULLY TESTS ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSILE
ISRAEL LINE SEPTEMBER 15, 1998 -- Israel completed the first successful comprehensive test of the Arrow-2 anti-missile missile. The missile was launched from the Israel Air Force field at Palmachim, destroying a simulated target "acquired" by the Arrow's fire-control radar system, code-named "Green Pine."
- PM Netanyahu's Remarks Regarding Media Reports Concerning Israel's Nuclear Policy IsraelWire 11 August 1998 -- US President Bill Clinton asked that Israel not oppose the establishment of an ad-hoc committee to begin formulating a treaty to ban the production of fissile materials.
- ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT OF ARROW MISSILE APPROVED ISRAEL LINE AUGUST 4, 1998 -- The new plan is designed to allow the Israel Air Force to install an operational Arrow battery during the year 2000.
- US slams Israel for selling Arrow know-how to India Jerusalem Post 24 July 1998 -- The US has delivered a harshly worded letter to Israel, accusing it of violating the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) by selling radar technology associated with the Arrow-2 anti-missile system to India.
- Arab League Calls for Inspection of Israel's Nuclear Installations (IsraelWire- 7/22) According to a Jordan Times newspaper report, the Arab League on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging the international community to stop providing Israel with material for its nuclear program until it allows inspection of its installations.
- DoD News Briefing Tuesday, July 14, 1998 - The Jerusalem Post, quoting Shimon Perez as saying that Israel felt a nuclear option was needed not in order to have a Hiroshima, but to have an Oslo.
- Peres Admits to Israeli Nuclear Capability IsraelWire 14 July 1998 -- Former prime minister Shimon Peres stated yesterday that Israel "built a nuclear option, not in order to have a Hiroshima but an Oslo."
- [EXCERPTS] U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 01 July 1998 -- ISRAEL Reports of construction of cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons
- ISRAEL AND U.S. TO SIGN AGREEMENT ON THIRD ARROW MISSILE BATTERY ISRAEL LINE JUNE 29, 1998 -- An agreement would allocate $45 million toward Israel's development of a third Arrow missile battery.
- ISRAEL DENIES COOPERATION IN INDIAN NUCLEAR TESTS -- Jerusalem, 18 June 1998 (Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
- Seismological Expert: There Was no Israeli Nuclear Testing
IsraelWire 16 June 1998 -- Deputy Defense Minister Silvan Shalom added that Israel has never conducted a nuclear test in the past.
- Deputy Defense Minister Denies Israeli Nuclear Testing IsraelWire 16 June 1998 -- An Egyptian expert alleged the earthquake caused in the area on May 28th was the result of the Israeli nuclear testing in the Eilat Gulf.
- THE ISLAMIC BOMB AND THE PALESTINIANS Commentary by Danny Rubinstein Ha'aretz 01 June 1998 -- If it was an Iranian or Iraqi bomb under discussion, an outburst of joy would have taken place across the West Bank and Gaza. That bomb would be aimed against Israel, while the Islamic bomb of Pakistan has no direct connection to Israel.
- MIDDLE EAST PEACE: STILL HANGING BY A SLENDER U.S. THREAD
USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report - April 24, 1998 -- The United States
believes that diplomatic moves over the next 10 days will determine whether the peace process will emerge from its year-long freeze.
- U.S. TO FUND R&D FOR THIRD ARROW BATTERY ISRAEL LINE APRIL 21, 1998 -- United States Secretary of Defense William Cohen, currently visiting Israel, said on Monday that the U.S. will fund the research and development stage of a third Arrow anti-missile battery.
- Misplaced Support for Vannunu Gerald M. Steinberg Jerusalem Post, April 16, 1998 -- A number of Labor Party politicians are planning to demonstrate on behalf of Mordechai Vannunu. His
actions, first renouncing his religion, then selling some secrets regarding the Israeli nuclear program to a newspaper, and most recently, renouncing his parents, reflect deep psychological problems. The majority of Israelis, ranging across the political spectrum, view the former technician at the Dimona nuclear complex as Israel's most notorious traitor whose actions might have endangered Israeli security and even survival.
- AN EXTRACT OF THE RESPONSE OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL TO THE APPLICATION OF MORDECHAI VANUNU FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL THE DECISION TO CONTINUE HOLDING HIM IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT;FILED WITH THE ISRAELI SUPREME COURT (FILE NO.318/98)X Jerusalem, 16 March 1998 -- Israel Government Response to Vanunu Application (Communicated by Ministry of Justice Spokeswoman)
- THE PLASTIC SHEET AND GAS MASK SYNDROME (Op-Ed by Moshe Arens, "Yediot Ahronot", Feb 26, 1998, p. B3)
- THE NEW PANIC (Commentary by Yosef Harif, "Ma'ariv", Feb 25, 1998, p. B6)
- TOURISTS AND FOREIGN NATIONALS MAY PURCHASE GAS MASKS February 19, 1998
(Communicated by Defense Ministry Spokesman)
- ISRAEL HAS ENOUGH GAS MASKS FOR ALL TOURISTS Jerusalem, 16 February 1998
(Communicated by Tourism Ministry Spokeswoman)
- ATTY.-GEN. OPINION REGARDING ALLOCATION OF GAS MASKS Jerusalem, 6 February 1998 (Communicated by Justice Ministry Spokeswoman)
- "Dual Use Aspects of Commercial High Resolution Imaging Satellites." by Gerald Steinberg -- Published in Security and Policy Studies #37, BESA Center for Strategic Studies, February 1998.
- MORDECHAI ESTABLISHES TEAM TO ANALYZE IRANIAN THREAT
ISRAEL LINE JANUARY 16, 1998 -- Iran is developing missiles that would enter Israel's air space at twice the speed of the targets the Arrow missile would be able to destroy.
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