Correspondent: ISRAEL'S SECRET WEAPON
Tx Date:17th March 2003
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Which country in the
Middle East has undeclared
Which country in the
Middle East has undeclared
biological and chemical
Which country in the
Middle East has no outside
Which country jailed its
for 18 years?
St Paul, Minnesota
Meet the Eoloffs. Five years ago they adopted a man
they’d never met who writes to them from a prison
cell in Israel.
My dearest Nick and Mary,
I am very glad to hear from you so soon. About the next
parole hearing I don't know what will happen. We've
passed a long time in a very bad cruel condition.
We will see what the U.S. is going to do with Iraq, if they'll
go to war.
The man they adopted is Mordechai Vanunu, jailed as
a traitor. He spent eleven years in solitary
He was buried alive. He was shut up in a six by nine-foot
cell with no windows so he couldn't see outside. Even
when he exercised there was a canvas around him when
he was out walking.
He has spent more time in isolation in a prison in the
western world than any other human being. It was that
bad. His condition was that bad. And that was what
really moved us to adopt him. How can a country treat a
human being that way?
Vanunu moved to Israel as a child with his family
from Morocco. He served in the Israeli army, studied
philosophy, and found work at Dimona.
This mysterious complex in the Negev desert
employed thousands of people all sworn to secrecy.
For years Israel called it a textile factory, never
admitting its true purpose; making plutonium for
Vanunu's dissent over government policies was
noted. He was given a warning and decided to leave.
But not without the evidence which would change
history. Today his are still the only photographs ever
seen of the inside of Israel’s nuclear bomb factory.
It’s 16 years since Sunday Times journalist Peter
Hounam heard rumours that an Israeli whistleblower
was offering proof of what the world had long
Here was someone who said he'd worked right inside the
plutonium separation plant helping to fabricate atomic
weapons; who had taken photographs of the machinery
and who had lots of information about how much material
was being processed, and so on.
Therefore he was potentially going to be able to provide
incontrovertible evidence that Israel had a very advanced
Hounam flew to meet Vanunu, who was now a
Christian living in Australia.
He was brought to England. He was hidden in a
country hotel and smuggled into the paper's offices
in the boot of the car while they checked his story.
But Israeli intelligence agents caught here on
Wapping's security cameras were onto him. They
were waiting to strike.
It took weeks for The Sunday Times to go to press
with their scoop. When they finally did on Oct 5th
1986 Vanunu had vanished.
He'd met an American woman in Leicester Square
who seemed to like him. He was vulnerable and
When she suggested he'd be safer with her in Rome,
he fell for it. It was a classic honey trap.
Once in Rome the full weight of Israel’s wrath kicked
in. Vanunu was overpowered, assaulted and drugged.
He'd been kidnapped and smuggled back to Israel by
boat, unconscious. For weeks no one knew where he
Eventually the Israelis brought Vanunu to court for a
secret trial. They now admitted they had him but still
no one knew how he’d got there.
His kidnap – an illegal act on foreign soil – was kept
secret. Somehow Vanunu found a pen and solved
the mystery for the waiting press.
Hijacked in Rome thirtieth of September 1986.
It was Shimon Peres, then Prime Minister, who had
ordered Vanunu's capture. To this day the kidnap
remains an official state secret. Peres was the father
of Israel's secret nuclear programme and for him
Vanunu was a spy.
He was a traitor to this country.
So what was your reaction?
What did you do?
What I thought should be done.
Which was what?
To put him to trial.
Former Prime Minister
My lady, I can't go into all the processes. I am unwilling.
I don't see any reason to do so. The fact is that he was
brought to trial.
Vanunu's trial was held in secret. He was found
guilty of treason and espionage and sentenced to
eighteen years in jail.
Mordechai Vanunu's lawyer
Vanunu was treated this way out of revenge out of a way
to deter others and because actually he was the person
who broke the taboo of the secrecy in Israeli society, a
very strong and influencing taboo in a very closed society
more like a tribe.
Mordechai Vanunu started his sentence on the twenty
seventh of March 1988. Few tears were shed. For
most Israelis he was more than a traitor. He had
His parents declared him dead. And the world forgot
about Israel’s nuclear whistleblower. But the truth
Vanunu told the world that Israel had developed between
one hundred and two hundred atomic bombs and had
gone on to develop neutron bombs and thermonuclear
weapons. Enough to destroy the entire Middle East and
nobody has done anything about it since.
Today, proliferation experts report Israel has the
world’s sixth largest nuclear arsenal with small
tactical nuclear weapons, nuclear landmines as well
as medium range nuclear missiles launchable from
air, land or sea.
It's thought plutonium is made in Dimona; nuclear
weapons are assembled at Yodefat and stored at
Zachariah and Eilabun. Three nuclear submarines
are based in Haifa and Israel's biological and
chemical warfare laboratories are at Nes Ziona.
Israel never comments on such reports.
But evidence continues to emerge. In 1992 an Israeli
cargo plane crashed in Amsterdam killing forty-three
The Israelis claimed it was carrying flowers and
perfume. It took six years and a Dutch parliamentary
enquiry before they admitted it was carrying DMMP, a
key component for sarin nerve gas.
The DMMP was bound for The Israeli Institute of
Biological Research at Nes Ziona, one of Israel’s
most secret defence sites. It is subject to no
international inspection and reporting of its activities
in Israel is prevented by strict military censorship.
As war has loomed closer small signs of dissent have
appeared on the suburban streets of Middle America.
Nick and Mary Eoloff have been peace campaigners
since the Vietnam War and the draft.
The definition of a conscientious objector is someone who
sincerely objects to participation in all forms of war.
There are two words that are extremely important in that
definition: "sincere" and "all".
Fear that the draft may return has lead a new
generation to the local church hall to hear how, if
they’re called up to fight, they can claim their right to
For the Eoloffs, Mordechai Vanunu is the ultimate
conscientious objector. When they first visited him
in 1997 it was his eleventh year in solitary
MARY & NICK EOLOFF
And we waited and they brought him in and he looked like
an old man. I didn't anticipate that. And he came up to
us and he put his fingers through the bars through the
cage, because it was a steel cage. We were crying. We
felt so awful to see him like this.
Vanunu writes regularly. It is the only
communication he is allowed with the outside world.
But his letters take months to arrive and are always
He says, don't feel so bad, we can bear another year.
My, what courage!
The early letters that we got were totally cut out. This isn't
even an example because they were cut out more than
that, this. They use a highlighter and then they bring it to
Mordechai, and he has to cut out the things they've
One time, he said they weren't paying attention. And so
he just put the pieces in the envelope and we got them,
because we said, you know, we got the pieces, and
they're really not even significant. I think it's control, total
Today Jerusalem is a ghost town, drained of life.
Israel's nuclear weapons have proved useless in its
latest war. The suicide bombers have frightened the
tourists away. The economy has collapsed.
Israelis have learnt to live with war. Every citizen
gets a gas mask, is taught how to use it and is
expected to have it ready in case of attack.
Nuclear weapons are seen as a justifiable deterrent
by most Israelis, who feel besieged by enemies.
Forty years ago Uzi Even, then a young scientist at
Dimona was in at the start of Israel's bomb.
Professor UZI EVEN
Dimona scientist, 1962-68
We were a very small country, and we were surrounded
by much much larger, more populous states on borders
that are almost impossible to defend. The holocaust was
very much in our memory at that time, and we all realised
that we have to do something to prevent the same
scenario from happening again.
So we were a young crew, most of us very young, very
enthusiastic, working on something we believed is
essential for our existence, like building the final
insurance policy that we will not be attacked or
It was the young Shimon Peres, back in the fifties
who negotiated a secret deal with the French to buy a
nuclear weapons reactor like theirs.
But while Dimona was going up, intelligence reports
reached Washington that Israel was building an atom
Despite claims that Dimona was for peaceful
purposes only, Israel’s leader Ben Gurion was
summoned to Washington. President Kennedy
feared an arms race in the Middle East and demanded
But when inspectors finally entered the plant in May
1961 they were tricked. They were shown a fake
control room on the ground floor. They were unaware
of the six floors below where the plutonium was
Well this was something of great pride and almost a
legendary story in Dimona, according to Vanunu. When
the Americans came they were completely hoodwinked.
All the entrances including the lift shafts were bricked up
and plastered over so it was impossible for anyone to find
their way down to the lower floors.
After Kennedy’s assassination the pressure on Israel
was off. His successor Lyndon Johnson turned a
Then In 1969 Israel's Golda Meir and President
Richard Nixon struck a deal, renewed by every
President to this day. Israel’s nuclear programme
could continue as long as it was never made public.
It’s called nuclear ambiguity.
The term nuclear ambiguity, in some ways it sounds very
grand. But isn't just a euphemism for deception?
Former Prime Minister
If somebody wants to kill you, and you use a deception to
save your life it is not immoral. If we wouldn't have
enemies we wouldn't need deceptions. We wouldn't need
Was this the justification for concealing the floors of the
plutonium reprocessing areas from the Americans, the
inspectors, when they came?
You are having a dialogue with yourself, not with me.
But that's been documented in a number of books.
Ask the question to yourself, not to me.
I mean, Is it not true?
I don't have to answer your questions even. I don't see
any reason why.
Ambiguity is a luxury unique to Israel. Today the
country's an inspection-free zone, protected from
scrutiny by America and her allies.
This is the place where Vanunu identified as the
separation plant, built mostly underground. And this is
the silver dome of the Dimona nuclear reactor.
Ronen Bergman is an Israeli journalist specialising in
security and defence.
This picture was taken by one of the best commercial
satellites available called Ikonos, and Ikonos is capable of
taking pictures up to a resolution of one metre.
Journalist, "Yediot Ahronot"
However due to the demand of Israel the American
Congress ruled a new amendment to the law that forbids
American satellites to sell anything of Israeli sites that is
better than two metres, meaning the Ikonos is taking
imagery of Israel. Then they change the imagery to the
resolution of two metres.
Worse, less clear?
Much much less clear.
And that was a ruling in the United States that's
specifically for Israel, not for other countries.
Only to Israel.
Last November there were signs of a softening
towards Vanunu. The authorities allowed pictures to
be taken at his parole hearing. Parole itself has
always been refused. Vanunu still has secrets, the
prosecutor claims, that could harm Israel. It's an
argument his lawyer will have to fight at the next
Will the court hear the secret that they claim Vanunu
Mordechai Vanunu's lawyer
They will hear some of the secrets, not the real secrets.
They will hear secrets about the secrets.
And you too, as his lawyer, will hear those?
Part of it. Less that the court. The court will hear the
secrets about the secrets. I may hear the secrets about
the secrets about the secrets.
Is that really the case, or is that a sort of ironic...?
No, it's really the case. I will be given some type of
general description of the secrets. The court will get
something more concrete and the secrets themselves will
be never released to anybody, they exist at all.
Nick and Mary Eoloff have arrived in Israel. They
hope to visit Vanunu in prison but they haven’t yet
Oh gosh, any news?
Not yet. Not good news. Not yet.
Rayna Moss is one of a small group of Israelis
campaigning for Vanunu’s release. She’s been
hassling the prison authorities for weeks to get Nick
and Mary the necessary permissions.
What she says now is that they have approval from one
authority but she's waiting for approval from a second
Do they clearly understand our time limitation that we're
due to be leaving on Friday?
Oh absolutely. I made that absolutely clear to them. I
said that you're leaving on Friday, that you've already
been here for a couple of days.
Well I appreciate you making all these calls, Rayna.
Oh it's nothing. I don't mind. I just wish I had good news
Forty-year-old reactors are usually shut down, but
Dimona grinds on. Dimona is under the control of the
Prime Minister, beyond the reach of Parliament or
And that worries the scientist who once worked there
Dimona scientist, 1962-68
As the reactor gets older the tendency to have accidents
becomes more probable. You should have an outside
watchdog and the secrecy more or less created an ex-
territorial area in Israel where standard procedures of
safety monitoring is not implemented.
So worker safety, environmental questions, industrial
safety procedures, all are not covered and there are
thousands of people working there.
But the secrets of this old reactor are beginning to
Evidence has seeped out of accidents, lies and
In 1996 the press heard rumours of a radioactive
hotspot in the desert. The Environment Minister took
them to watch him test the site with a Geiger counter.
They weren't allowed to bring their own, one
journalist told me.
The Minister proclaimed the site clean. The readings
for radioactivity, his instrument showed, were below
But journalists weren’t happy.
What worries us is the
disposal of the waste.
Can you please tell us
where it is buried?
Environment Minister, 1992-96
In a good place.
I am being honest with you…
I would lose my job if I told you where
the nuclear waste is buried.
The Prime Minister considers
this information to be classified.
But on Israeli television last year, a groundbreaking
documentary alleged it was a cover-up.
Ariel Spieler, a holocaust survivor and a loyal Dimona
worker for 27 years, described how he had been told
to prepare the site for the Minister’s visit by removing
contaminated waste from a deep crater.
He said he’d replaced it with fresh soil and planted
trees to cover the hole as though it had never
happened. Then he said they brought the minister
and the press to prove that everything was okay.
Five Dimona workers appeared on the programme.
They’d given their lives for Dimona, they said, and
now they felt betrayed.
They broke no secrets. Only the code of silence.
They said they’d worked with uranium. There were
fires, spills, and explosions of toxic gas.
Now they were sick, they said, the plant didn’t want to
know. The management was denying they’d worked
with radioactive materials, and because they were
bound to secrecy they couldn't fight for their rights.
The programme listed more than a hundred Dimona
workers who’d developed cancer and whose claims
were being ignored.
A doctor and two lawyers backed their story.
It was the first time Dimona workers had spoken out.
I want to talk to Ariel Spieler. He's suffering from cancer
and in the last few years he's seen a number of his
friends and colleagues who worked there with him die of
He's been fighting for compensation for their families, for
their widows, and I know he'd really like to talk to us about
He's told me he wishes he could, but he's also told me
he's been warned off. He's been told not to talk. I'm
going to go and see him and see if he'll change his mind.
I just wanted to ask you, you know, why you can't?
The Secret Service silenced me.
They've silenced me completely.
They told me not to say one word.
What can I do? What can I do?
They told me;
"You'll end up like Vanunu".
How long has he been in prison?
Do you want me to go to jail?
I really wanted to talk.
I asked the others but they refused.
Nobody wants to talk.
It was time to try the others: The doctors, the
relatives, the lawyers.
Hello. I just wanted to ask if there would be any
possibility of doing an interview with you about the cancer
victims and about their case?
I'm really reluctant to be interviewed publicly on the media
over the story overseas. It's just not appropriate.
But why is it so sensitive?
Come on now. Any discussion of nuclear issues is
I talked to my family. I don't want to participate in this. I
don't think it's the right thing to do.
Nobody is prepared to talk about it.
There are things that it's not good to talk about, even if
you're a lawyer.
Are you worried about a sort of Vanunu scenario?
Of course! You think about it.
I just don't get it. If this was the Soviet Union or Iraq or
North Korea I'd understand why people are so scared to
But this is Israel. This is supposed to be a democracy.
In Israel today, an invisible power enforces the code
of silence - through fear. It comes from one man,
whose own identity was itself a secret until two years
ago, Yehiyel Horev.
Journalist, "Yediot Ahronot"
Horev is the smartest, most brilliant official figure in the
sense of getting power. He took some kind of very small
office and made it the fourth intelligence agency in Israel,
with no law, no real scrutiny and monitoring by the Israeli
In this sense he is a grave danger to Israeli democracy.
For sixteen years Horev has been the faceless
guardian of Israel's secrets. His picture has never
been published unmasked till now.
It's Horev from his office at the Ministry of Defence
who is blocking Vanunu's early release.
But next year Vanunu's sentence is up. So Horev
found a new Vanunu, Brigadier-General Yitzhak
Yaakov, known to his friends as Yatsa. In his
retirement he wrote a fictionalised memoir and talked
on camera about his life.
A distinguished soldier and scientist, Yaakov had for
years led Israel's top-secret weapons development
So eminent was he, he was a candidate for the
prestigious Israel Prize.
But when he told his life story to a journalist, he
broke the rules.
The journalist was Ronen Bergman. He showed his
article, as all Israelis must, to the censor.
It went straight to Horev – who sent in the heavies.
They were deadly deadly serious. My phones were
bugged. I was followed by Israeli Secret Service, Yaakov
was followed by Israeli Secret Service, and the whole
system was surrounding us and following us and stalking
Yaakov went from hero to zero. He was arrested
secretly and charged with treason. He spent two
years fighting Horev. Two years of jail, heart disease,
bankruptcy and house arrest ended in public
He was spared prison, but the court found him guilty
of betraying Israel's secrets.
Horev was afraid that veterans of the Israeli army, the
Israeli intelligence, the Israeli nuclear effort, would try to
maintain their footprint in the history of Israel and tell their
And he wanted to frighten them. In this sense he was
Do you think that there is too much secrecy? The power
of somebody like Horev to destroy the life of an individual
like this Brigadier-General Yaakov, for example. The
man's life had been destroyed and he'd been a very loyal
Israeli all his life.
Former Prime Minister
It happens unfortunately in life, of false accusations, and
some innocent people are paying the high cost.
I cannot see how can it be avoidable.
Israel’s parliament had never debated Dimona or
nuclear weapons, until one MP three years ago forced
them onto the agenda for the first time.
Issam Makhoul an Israeli Arab broken the taboo – to
the outrage of his colleagues.
Vanunu is not the problem.
The problem is the Israeli
A policy that's turned a small territory
into a poisonous nuclear waste bin…
which could make us all disappear
into a nuclear cloud.
These words uttered in the heart of Israel's
democracy were seen by his fellow MPs as a
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.
He wasn't allowed to finish his speech, but he had
made his point.
But in his constituency during the recent election
campaign it was a different story. Here his audience
are - like him - Israeli Arabs.
Why are the Americans looking for
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
I can tell 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, Yolfhata.
Let them send their
inspectors to me…
and I will lead them by the hand
and show them.
There is a cry going up which is talking about a double
standard. The world has to check Iraq's nuclear
installations but not Israel's.
How can you compare it? Iraq is a dictatorship. Saddam
Hussein is a killer. He killed a hundred thousand Kurds
with gas bombs. How can you compare that at all?
Just because he calls himself a state? He's not a state -
he's a Mafia. He's not a leader - he's a killer. You cannot
say that about us.
But even in Israel some do. The current Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon directed the invasion of
Lebanon in 1982. Thousands of innocent civilians
The worst excesses were in the refugee camps of
Sabra and Shatila, for which an Israeli enquiry held
Sharon personally responsible. In Belgium there are
plans to prosecute him for alleged war crimes.
While Sharon has been Prime Minister seven hundred
Israelis have been killed. But more than two
thousand Palestinians have died in attacks by Israeli
The Israeli army has used new unidentified weapons.
In February 2001 a new gas was used in Gaza. A
hundred and eighty patients were admitted to
hospitals with severe convulsions.
The Israelis say this is tear gas. But this is not tear gas.
We have never seen this gas before. We need some
medicine for treatment. But it must be the right medicine.
Dr MOHAMMED SALAMA
Director, Palestinian Health
We asked, what kind of gas? But nobody verified for us
the type of gas to give the antidote at that moment. Also
we don't know how to check, how to examine, how to
send this. We are in occupied area. We are surrounded.
It is impossible to send these samples to international lab
Israel is outside chemical and biological weapons
treaties and still refuses to say what the new gas was.
The Eoloffs have still not heard from the prison.
Their flight home is tomorrow night and they worry
they may have to leave without seeing their adopted
Today they are having lunch with a small group of
activists who for sixteen years have fought in vain for
First Israeli activist
They pressurise Iraq about nuclear weapons. What
about Israel and nuclear weapons?
Second Israeli activist
Imagine for one moment that Mordechai Vanunu was not
an Israeli, that the whole story had happened with a
Korean or an Iranian or a Pakistani technician, he would
have had the Nobel Peace Prize. He would have been
the second Sakharov.
Second Israeli activist
Instead he is a non-person in the West. This tells you
what we are dealing with. We're dealing with the number
one privileged state on earth.
Third Israeli activist
Counter to the Israeli argument that the whole world is
against us, it is the exact opposite. We started the
nuclear race in the Middle East. There is no doubt about
Third Israeli activist
And there is not even one important state in the Western
Hemisphere who is dealing with it seriously.
You can talk all we want. We can sit until tomorrow
morning and discuss Israel's nuclear policy. We can
discuss whatever we want. It's the people who work in
those areas, with weapons of mass destruction, the
environment, Dimona itself, all these research places.
Vanunu is a living warning to them. This is what will
happen to you if you speak out. You'll be Vanunu-nised.
That's the warning. You will spend ten years in solitary
You will be cut off from all your family. You will be cut off
from everyone who knows you. You will be this prisoner
without a number and without a name. That's what will
happen to you if you speak out.
It's the prison on the phone.
Hello? Oh how marvellous! What time? Well, if we
come at eleven, can we have an hour and a half? Okay.
Thank you so much. Okay. Bye.
On their last day the Eoloffs get their visit. After an
hour and a half they emerge with a message.
It's just wonderful. We're so excited we don't know what
to think. All right, you talk.
It was a marvellous experience. It was the first time
we've seen him so high and just anxious to talk about
what's going on in his life and what he's looking forward
to. Especially the anticipation of getting out.
He's just strong. That was his final word: "Let them know
that I'm strong and anxious to get out of here, out of Israel
and just start life all over again". And he was just
And he said the message to world is the message to the
world is that I have forgotten the last sixteen years. I'm
looking towards the future. I believe in a future of non-
So did he say that he'd do it all again?
You know, he did. He said, of course I would. Isn't that
The Eoloffs have gone, and Vanunu is again up for
parole. But as usual everything, even the location of
the parole hearing, is secret.
Apart from me and Peter Hounam, who has come
from London, there are no other journalists here.
Mordechai Vanunu? Mordechai Vanunu? Is he in there?
Mordechai Vanunu is in there? Is that where the case is
He is the most sensitive prisoner that this country has got,
and whenever he comes here they block off the windows
of his van if they can, or they, in the early days they used
to put a crash helmet over him so people couldn't see
At one point they even had an electronic device that
emitted a screeching signal so people couldn't hear him
And yet you and I are the only journalists here. The most
sensitive prisoner Israel has got, and there's not a single
member of the press here apart from you. Why do you
I keep coming because he's in there because he spoke to
me and we published his story on the Sunday Times in
1986, and I feel a sense of responsibility that we should
be helping him get out.
Three hours later the hearing ended. As usual
Vanunu left behind darkened windows. In court
Horev's prosecutor had cited the war with Iraq as a
new reason for blocking parole.
Mordechai Vanunu's lawyer
The prosecutor of course went back to the old argument
that Vanunu is a threat to security and she even said that
if Vanunu will be released, probably the Americans would
leave Iraq and go after Israel and Israel's nuclear
weapons, which I found extremely ridiculous.
Minnesota, the Peace Bridge and a weekly ritual.
Every Wednesday hundreds protest against the war.
Mary is there. So of course is Nick. Every week the
numbers grow. There is a new generation of
peaceniks who were children when Israel's nuclear
weapons were exposed.
Have any of you guys heard of Mordechai Vanunu?
You don't know who he is.
And if I tell you that he's somebody who exposed Israel's
weapons of mass destruction, which nobody knew about
until then, what would you say?
Why is our media that's supposed to be free and open not
telling us and why is our government not letting us know
this information if we're living in the home of the free?
I think if our administration was consistent or had any
integrity, then he would be held as a hero.
President George W. Bush
We're going to work with the members of the Security
Council in the days ahead to make it clear to Saddam that
the demands of the world and the United Nations will be
In Washington, which gives Israel more than three
billion dollars a year, the talk is only of Iraq. For
weeks we've tried to get an interview about Israel's
weapons of mass destruction, but no one in this
Bush administration wants to talk about Israel.
So we've asked for an interview about the military
balance of power in the Middle East. And now
This morning we've finally been told that we're going to
have an interviewee. He's an expert in all matters Israeli.
He's an Under Secretary of Defense, and his name is
The Pentagon has demanded a list of questions in
advance. So, it's "The balance of power", "Israel's
nuclear ambiguity", "Allegations of a double
standard" and "Mordechai Vanunu".
President George W. Bush
The gravest danger facing America and the world is
outlaw regimes that seek and possess nuclear, chemical
and biological weapons.
Yet again the shutters have come down on this story.
Our interview with Under Secretary for Defense Douglas
Feith was scheduled for four o'clock somewhere in this
vast complex of the Pentagon behind me. Yet at the last
minute we've heard the interview is cancelled.
Questions about Israel, it appears, are strictly off-limits.
We'd received this e-mail from the Pentagon.
Ladies: We showed Mr Feith the
list of topics for the BBC
He is not willing to answer
any of the questions
…Respectfully request you
resubmit your questions
as soon as possible this
morning. Questions directed
towards the current Iraqi
On February nineteenth Vanunu was again refused
parole. He remains in Ashkelon prison.
Horev has let it be known he intends never to let
Mordechai Vanunu leave Israel.
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