Israel destroyed Syria nuclear reactor: WikiLeaks
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JERUSALEM - Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor in an air raid just weeks before it went online in 2007, said a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks and published on Friday in an Israeli daily.
"On September 6, 2007, Israel destroyed the nuclear reactor built by Syria secretly, apparently with North Korea's help," then US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice wrote in the cable published in Yediot Aharonot newspaper.
"Our intelligence experts are convinced that the attack targeted by the Israelis is in fact an atomic reactor of the same type built by North Korea in Yongbyon," she wrote in the message dated April 2008.
"We have good reason to believe that the reactor was not built for peaceful purposes," she said, adding the attack came only weeks before the reactor was to become operational.
Rice also noted the secrecy surrounding the construction of the nuclear facility, with the Syrian authorities refusing to invite the International Atomic Energy Agency or any media to inspect the site.
Syria has always denied that the structure targeted by Israeli warplanes was a nuclear reactor, although it has admitted it was a "military site under construction."
Israel has for its part never denied that its air force attacked a target in Syria, without ever officially claiming responsibility for the action.
Former US president George W. Bush recounted in his memoirs that he resisted Israeli pressure to bomb the site.
In 2008, current US President Barack Obama said when he was a Democratic hopeful for the White House that Israel was right to bomb the suspected nuclear facility in Syria.
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No one messes with Israel and gets away with it... Absolutely No One!!
History has abundant examples to prove this statement...
Great. Israel should destroy the Nuclear Installations of all the other countries. Only Israel deserve to keep the Nuclear Deterrance.
I think this is common knowledge ....
go israel! woot!
yes brit this is common knowledge
everyone knew it at that time itself..nothing great about it.
How Syria dared to build Nuclear reactor.. How anyone can dare to build nuclear weapons ... Don't they see these weapons are already being used in peace making...
Don't they know that only some countries have license to kill and invade other countries...
We should look at their remarkable successes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine... We should thankful to them that how they have made residents' lives better and raised their living standards over there...
Don't they know that how life expectancy rate of children has been raised in invaded countries... How children are being saved by providing medicine and food....
Don't they know that how precisely targets are being bombed.... There is no civilian casualties/fatalities ... Can anyone other build these types of weapons, No! Not at all...
Bravo Israel Bravo!!!!! You are one of those countries that has license to kill and invade.... We trust you :(
Egypt is building one so let's wait and see...
Mubarak and his soon to be president son are buddies of Israel, so they need have no worries.
Israel,, Hatsoff to your confidence !! lool