DoD News Briefing

Tuesday, July 14, 1998 - 2:10 p.m.
Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD PA

Mr. Bacon: Good afternoon.


Q: Ken, did you see the story of, I guess you wouldn't have, it's in 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, he says. And he says, "There were five times that Israel was attacked without provocation" because its neighbors felt they could come and overpower the Israelis, "and we wanted to create a situation in which this temptation would no longer exist." This of course has to do with their extensive nuclear arsenal, which I think is the first time this has ever been said as far as strategy.

Does the United States see the Israeli nuclear capability as a deterrent to attack?

A: I think I'll let Shimon Perez comment on the Israeli nuclear capability.