UK Foreign Office ministers seem to have great difficulty answering simple questions about Israel’s terror capabilities. It’s as if they don’t want to admit to the awful truth about the violent and lawless regime to which they’ve pledged everlasting support.
I had asked my MP, Henry Bellingham, to table a Parliamentary Question about Israel's nukes. He duly did so.
Mr Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of the Government of Israel having a nuclear weapons program; and if he will make a statement.
Alistair Burt: We have regular discussions with the Government of Israel on a wide range of nuclear-related issues. Israel has not declared a nuclear weapons program. We encourage Israel to sign up to the non-proliferation treaty and call on them to agree a Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Quite obviously, we (and indeed our elected representatives) need an estimate of Israel's nuclear weapons capability by our own and international intelligence sources.Stuart Littlewood
I also took up with the MP the chemical weapons issue and the allegations against the Assad regime in Syria - in particular the West's threat of punitive action and foreign secretary William Hague attempt to mislead the country with this statement on the Foreign Office website.
"This is the first use of chemical warfare in the 21st century. It has to be unacceptable, we have to confront something that is a war crime, something that is a crime against humanity. If we don’t do so, then we will have to confront even bigger war crimes in the future.
“So we continue to look for a strong response from the international community that is legal, that is proportionate and that is designed to deter the further and future use of chemical weapons.... It’s very important for a regime like the Assad regime to know that there is a clear response when they cross such an important line. As I say, this is the first use of chemical warfare in this century.”