Last week, Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission chief Zeev Snir said that the country has taken extra measures lately to secure the Dimona site from foreign missile and other threats. But he did not say a word about the fact that the reactor may not last past 2023 due to its own internal limitations. According to foreign sources, the material for the 80 to several hundred nuclear weapons that Israel possesses was produced in Dimona; if the nuclear reactor was no longer operational, the country could no longer produce new plutonium for new weapons. Dimona’s nuclear reactor was originally built to last only 40 years, until 2003.
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