Israel uses 'Nuclear Threat' as pretext to bomb Syria and Iran


'New Revelations Cast Light on Syria’s Nuclear Program'

Satellite photos show new sites of Syrian nuclear development
Israeli-bombed nuclear plant was farther along than thought
Syria has repeatedly snubbed IAEA inspections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.2011 – Syria established four additional nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007, the US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported late Wednesday (Feb. 23).

The report suggests that Syria's nuclear program was far more advanced than previously believed and gives more urgency to international efforts to uncover the full extent of Syria’s nuclear ambitions.

Here is some background and a timeline on Syria’s secret efforts to acquire nuclear efforts:

Background (From the Nuclear Threat Initiative)

Syria has been a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty since 1968, but is nonetheless widely known to have sought nuclear weaponry for over 40 years.

“Given Syria's weak conventional forces, a nuclear weapons program may have seemed a viable option for achieving strategic parity with Israel” after the 1973 war, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) states in its fact sheet on Syria

Realizing it could not build a weapon on its own, Syria sought help through the 1980s from European countries to develop a reactor. A French firm ultimately won the bid.

China began constructing the SRR-1 research reactor in 1991 as a part of an IAEA technical assistance project. China also provided Syria with 980.4g of uranium enriched to 90.2%

Throughout the 1990s, American and Israeli officials believed that Syria and China were cooperating on weaponization projects

The Al-Khibar Site


In 2007, Israeli warplanes, in an attack codenamed “Operation Orchard,” bombed suspected nuclear site al-Khibar, also known as Daz az Zwar, in northeastern Syria.

Al-Khibar was a nuclear reactor site in the advanced stages of construction.

Three days before the attack, a North Korean ship carrying materials labeled as cement, but widely suspected of being nuclear materials, had docked in the Syrian port of Tartus.

North Korea was suspected to be aiding in the development of the site.

Leading Israeli nuclear expert Uzi Even said of the target: “I suspect that it was a plant for processing plutonium, namely, a factory for assembling the bomb,” he said. “I think the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] transferred to Syria weapons-grade plutonium in raw form that is nuggets of easily transported metal in protective cans. I think the shaping and casting of the plutonium was supposed to be in Syria.”

Current status: Removing the Veil on Syrian Ambitions

Even in the face of world consensus, Syria continues to reject that the Israeli bombings damaged a nuclear facility.

Syria has refused inspections since 2008, prompting Western officials to threaten more punitive measures if IAEA inspectors are not again allowed to visit sites in question.

The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, in December 2010, reported that three new sites related to the one allegedly bombed by Israel in 2007 had been discovered.

A February 23, 2011 report by the Washington-based think-tank Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) suggests that Syria’s program was far more advanced than previously thought after the 2007 Israeli air-raid on al-Khibar.

The ISIS also discovered four new nuclear sites previously unknown to western investigators.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak commented on the revelations on Feb. 24, saying that even though Israel knows about Syrian ambitions, the door is still open to peace talks.


Alan Elsner: 202-857-6671 (office), 202-306-0757 (cell), alane@theisraelproject.org 

Jennifer Packer: 202-207-6122 (office), jenniferp@theisraelproject.org 



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