ISRAELI ARAB KNESSET MEMBER
AND NUCLEAR WHISTLE-BLOWER
TARGET OF FAILED BOMB ATTACK.
Issam Makhoul, an Israeli-Arab member of the Israeli Knesset,
was the target of a failed bomb attack.
A fire bomb exploded underneath Makhoul's car,
setting it ablaze.
Although his wife was in the car at the time,
she managed to escape unhurt.
Makhoul, who was not in the car at the time,
said that he was obviously the target
of an attack which had nationalistic motives.
Makhoul is a member of the Haddash-Ta'al party,
It is mostly Arab-Israeli in its membership.
In February 2000, after an appeal to the Israeli supreme court,
he held the first parliamentary debate on Israel's nuclear weapons,
for which he was roundly denounced.
Speaking in the Knesset at the time, he said,
'The entire world knows that Israel
is a vast nuclear, biological... and chemical warehouse
that is used as an anchor
... for the nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
This past July Makhoul gave an interview to the BBC
for the latter's special report on Israel's nuclear arsenal.
He told the BBC:
'Why are the Americans looking for weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq? I can show them where there are weapons of
mass destruction...including nuclear weapons.
They are in Dimona,
in Haifa Bay, in the Eilabun mountain...and in the area of
Sakneen, Yofhata. Let them send their inspectors to me
...and I will lead them by the hand and show them.'