Nuclear Targets

Since World War II, military strikes to halt nuclear activities have occurred exclusively in the Middle East, threatening serious long-term health and economic consequences. By closing its Dimona facility, Israel would show its commitment to reducing regional nuclear tensions, while sending a message about the wisdom of building reactors in the world’s most volatile region.

LOS ANGELES -- Nuclear facilities as military targets? The drumbeat appears to be growing louder. Western leaders repeatedly declare that no option is off the table to stem Iran’s nuclear ambitions. And, in mid-November, London’s Sunday Times reported that Israel put defenses around its Dimona nuclear reactor on “red alert” 30 times, as worries grew that Syria would avenge Israel’s September attack on a suspected nuclear site in Syria.