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May 24, 2010

Peres' Office Responds to Guardian Report

A front-page article in the Guardian today claims to reveal how apartheid-era documents prove that Israel offered to sell nuclear weapons to the apartheid regime of South Africa. The office of President Peres, who was named by the Guardian as the leading Israeli official involved in the alleged affair, issued the following statement:

There exists no basis in reality for the claims published this morning by The Guardian that in 1975 Israel negotiated with South Africa the exchange of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, The Guardian elected to write its piece based on the selective interpretation of South African documents and not on concrete facts.

Israel has never negotiated the exchange of nuclear weapons with South Africa. There exists no Israeli document or Israeli signature on a document that such negotiations took place.

The Office of the President regrets The Guardian’s decision to publish such an article without requesting comment from any Israeli officials.

The Office of the President intends to send a harsh letter to the editor of The Guardian and demands the publication of the true facts.

In 2006, Chris McGreal, the author of today's Guardian report, published a series of distorted and erroneous articles accusing Israel of being an apartheid state and of having had uniquely close ties to apartheid South Africa.

Posted by TS at May 24, 2010 06:10 AM


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