Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak Admits Israel Has Nukes

On Tuesday, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak acknowledged that Israel has nuclear weapons in a now-deleted tweet about concerns over the current Israeli government’s judicial overhaul plans.

Barak wrote: “In conversations between Israelis and Western diplomatic officials, there are deep concerns raised of the possibility that if the coup in Israel succeeds, a messianic dictatorship — that possesses nuclear weapons and fanatically wishes for a confrontation with Islam centered on the Temple Mount — will be established in the heart of the Middle East.”

Israel’s nuclear arsenal is an open secret, but Israeli officials and their US counterparts do not acknowledge its existence. Because Israel does not declare its arsenal, it’s not clear how many warheads they possess. Current estimates put the arsenal somewhere between 90 and 300 warheads, but the real number could be higher.