Israel has persistently played what can only be described as a game of not admitting or denying it has a nuclear capacity. Ambiguity has been the operative word! The world has let the charade go on for years - with all that entails, including Israel not being subject to inspection by the UN Nuclear Agency.
The Israeli PM has now blown it! - as reported here by the Israel News Agency:
"According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel's Channel 10 TV news, Reuters and The Washington Post, Israel has publicly announced it's possession of nuclear weapons.
In a story attributed to The Jerusalem Post staff and Post reporter Anshel Pfeffer, Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted this evening that Israel possessed nuclear weapons.
Israel has never admitted to having nuclear weapons,but few international experts ever questioned the Jewish state's presence on the world's list of nuclear powers. Its nuclear capability is arguably the most secretive weapons of mass destruction program in the world.
Unlike Iran and North Korea - two countries whose alleged nuclear ambitions have recently come to the fore - Israel has never signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, designed to prevent the global spread of nuclear weapons. As a result, it is not subject to inspections and the threat of sanctions by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency."