Leaving sections of the report related to Italy, France, West Germany, and other NATO nations classified, only declassifying the sections pertaining to Israel, the report’s release seems to be an obvious political stab by the United States.
The 386 page document titled Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations dive into details of Israeli technological advancement covering a range of topics from directed energy weapons, kinectic energy weapons, as well as Nuclear technology, nuclear weapons, and nuclear power.
The report makes an overall assessment of Israel’s technological capability at the time, stating their development of military technology was “driven by Israel’s peculiar threat and economic situation.” It specifies that assessment by categorizing much of Israel’s weapon and military technologies as extrapolations of U.S. equipment and ideas as well as saying that strides in military technology development were oriented towards particular threats.
“The Israelis are developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs”
The report contains a large section detailing specifics of facility referred to as SOREQ equating it to the United State’s Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The report offers the following information regarding the SOREQ facility’s function:
The SOREQ center runs the full nuclear gamut of activities from engineering. administration and non-destructive testing to electro-optics. pulsed power, process engineering and chemistry and nuclear research and safety. This is the technology base required for nuclear weapons design and fabrication. The facility operates an extensive contract research and development program, with contracts let o scientific services, prototype and small scale production.
The report then dives into details regarding several specific projects and areas of research which include Holographic Optical Elements (HOE), thermal imaging devices, lead salt tunable diode lasers, electrothermal gun, as well as free electron lasers researched at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
While many of the weapons and technologies detailed in the report seem deadly and far more advanced than those of other developing nations, the gravest realization offered by the report is stated in the section related to the SOREQ facility:
The capability of SOREQ to support SDIO and nuclear technologies is almost an exact parallel to the capability currently existing at [United States] National Laboratories…It should be noted that the Israelis are developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs.
Israel has currently maintained a position of neither confirming or denying a nuclear program or a nuclear arsenal. In exercising what can be considered “strategic ambiguity,” Israel has positioned themselves, until the public dissemination of this report, to have gained maximum deterrence of a supposed nuclear program without the political fallout from openly admitting it.