By Haaretz Service
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has said Israel holds at least 150 nuclear weapons, the first time a U.S. president has publicly acknowledged Israel's atomic arsenal.
(Now that this is no longer a secret, they can start obeying that law which says that 'aid' to any state with a covert program of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons (WMD) is illegal, and stop giving Israel billions each year in taxpayer money.)
Asked at a news conference at Wales's Hay literary festival on Sunday how a future U.S. president should deal with the Iranian nuclear threat, Carter put the risk in context by listing atomic weapons held globally.
(He should have started pointing out that there is no such threat ...)
"The U.S. has more more than 12,000 nuclear weapons, the Soviet Union (Russia) has about the same, Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more. We have a phalanx of enormous weaponry ... not only of enormous weaponry but of rockets to deliver those missiles on a pinpoint accuracy target," he said, according to a transcript of his remarks.
Carter also condemned Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip as "one of the greatest human rights crimes now existing on Earth," according to the Agence France-Presse news agency.
(International Law calls it Collective Punishment, and it is a War Crime.)
Carter said in reference to the situation of Palestinians in Gaza that, "There is no reason to treat these people this way."
The 83-year-old was subjected to criticism on a recent visit to Israel for his meetings with officials from Palestinian militant group Hamas as well as his trip to Syria where he met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hamas leader Khaled Meshal.
(But the slurs leveled at him by Israel were simply an angry distraction, since he proved Israel's ruling Extremists were the ones rejecting peace, and responsible for perpetuating the war.)
He has also in the past branded a "crime and an atrocity" the Israeli blockade of Gaza, imposed in response to ongoing rocket attacks launched from the territory.
(Actually, it was imposed in response to the ELECTION of Hamas. The rockets were a response to this illegal blockade, and Israel's own defence staff warned that imposing such restrictions on Gaza would result in rocket attacks. Israel's ruling Extremists ignored this warning.)