1992 Breaking News – Netanyahu Says Iran Close to Nuclear Weapon - Does This Sound Familiar?
Most of us are aware that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has been pressuring the United States to stage a pre-emptive
attack on Iran on behalf of Israel. He has been constantly beating the
war drum claiming that Iran is near full development of a nuclear
Apparently many US congressmen and senators have fallen for this line
of bovine scat or been threatened or blackmailed into cooperating with
Israel. This deadly hoax has been repeated so often and so loud that
many Americans have been fooled into believing that it is true. All of
the world’s major intelligence agencies have unanimously stated that
Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program and their research is
strictly In the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In fact
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has given a fatwa against nuclear weapons. For
those unfamiliar with the power structure in Iran, he is the real power
broker. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is mostly there for show.
His power is quite limited.
What many of us may not recall is that this drumbeat about Iran’s
alleged nuclear weapons program began many years ago. Netanyahu is on
record as early as 1992 claiming that Iran was “close” to having a nuke.
Scott Peterson at the Christian Science Monitor did a useful timeline
for dire Israeli and US predictions of an imminent Iranian nuclear
weapon, beginning 20 years ago.
1992: Israeli member of parliament Binyamin Netanyahu predicts that Iran was “3 to 5 years” from having a nuclear weapon.
1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres predicts an Iranian nuclear warhead by 1999 to French TV.
1995: The New York Times quotes US and Israeli officials saying that Iran would have the bomb by 2000.
1998: Donald Rumsfeld tells Congress that Iran could have an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US by 2003.
To add insult to injury, recently de-classified FBI reports have been
released from a 1985–2002 investigation into how a network of front
companies connected to the Israeli Ministry of Defense illegally
smuggled nuclear triggers out of the U.S. The newly released FBI files
detail how Richard Kelly Smyth, who was convicted of running a U.S.
front company, met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the
smuggling operation. At that time, Netanyahu worked at the Israeli node
of the smuggling network, Heli Trading Company. In an obvious attempt to
cover his illicit past, Netanyahu recently issued a gag order that the
smuggling network’s unindicted ringleader refrain from discussing
In his blog post of July 3, 2012 author Grant Smith offered the following synopsis:
Netanyahu Worked Inside Nuclear Smuggling Ring
As revealed in previously released FBI files and the tell-all book
Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon
Milchan, the Hollywood producer was recruited into Israel’s economic
espionage division (LAKAM) in his 20s and learned how to establish front
companies and secret bank accounts for smuggling operations. Arnon
Milchan encouraged Smyth, a California engineer, to incorporate MILCO in
1972 and serve as a front for the Israel-based Heli Trading’s (also
known as Milchan Limited) acquisitions of sensitive military
technologies on behalf of the Ministry of Defense. Smyth fled the U.S.
after being indicted for violating the Arms Export Control Act in the
mid-1980s. In July 2001, Smyth was arrested in Spain by Interpol and
returned to the U.S., and in November, he was convicted of exporting 800
nuclear triggers (called krytrons).
FBI agents interviewed Smyth on April 16-17, 2002, at the U.S.
attorney’s office in Los Angeles. The secret interview report details
how during a trip to Israel Smyth was “spotted” by Milchan, who claimed
he worked as an exclusive purchasing agent for the Ministry of Defense.
Smyth was introduced around to high military officials including
then-general Ariel Sharon. Smyth was also put in contact with Benjamin
Netanyahu, who worked at Heli Trading Company. According to the FBI
report, “Smyth and [Netanyahu] would meet in restaurants in Tel Aviv and
in [Netanyahu's] home and/or business. It was not uncommon for
[Netanyahu] to ask Smyth for unclassified material.”
Milchan pulled Smyth into his glamorous, star-studded movie circuit.
“While in the United States [Smyth] met with [Milchan] numerous times in
Los Angeles. … Milchan and Smyth would have dinner frequently and would
visit one another’s house often … it was quite common for [Milchan] to
invite [Smyth] to various Hollywood parties and introduce [Smyth] to
During the 2002 Smyth counterintelligence debriefing, the FBI learned
that the Ministry of Defense ordered and paid Heli Trading for
krytrons. Heli in turn sourced them from MILCO in a clandestine
operation codenamed Project Pinto. The report reveals how MILCO
illegally shipped prohibited articles under general Commerce Department
export licenses rather than smuggling them out via Israeli diplomatic
pouches. The last time Smyth saw Milchan was in 1985. The Ministry of
Defense issued a burn notice on Smyth after discussions with U.S.
officials about the krytron smuggling. According to the FBI report,
“Shortly thereafter, [Smyth] fled the United States.”
A March 2012 statement by the co-authors of Confidential claims that
“Hollywood mega-producer and former secret agent Arnon Milchan has been
asked directly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
President Shimon Peres to avoid any public discussion of the book
Confidential, asserting that the matter is too sensitive at this time.”
Although the book’s authors point to the escalating tensions over Iran’s
nuclear program, Netanyahu’s own hands-on involvement in nuclear
weapons–related covert action against America is presumably a far more
compelling reason for the gag order.
* The FBI referred an additional 164 pages of the Mandatory
Declassification Review to another government agency — presumably the
CIA — for further review. The additional pages will likely never be
released. The CIA has refused requests for similar documents in order to
preserve intelligence sources and methods abroad.
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