Israel's Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike

Porter, Gareth
Date Written:  2017-11-20
Publisher:  Anti War
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21782

Evidence now available shows that there was no nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, and that the Israelis had misled George W. Bush's administration into believing that there was in order to draw the United States into bombing missile storage sites in Syria.



The CIA released its unprecedented 11-minute video supporting the entire Israeli case for a North-Korean-style nuclear reactor that was nearly completed. Hayden recalls that his decision to release the video on the alleged Syrian nuclear reactor in April 2008 was "to avoid a North Korean nuclear deal being sold to a Congress and a public ignorant of this very pertinent and very recent episode."

The video, complete with computer reconstructions of the building and photographs from the Israelis made a big splash in the news media. But one specialist on nuclear reactors who examined the video closely found abundant reason to conclude that the CIA's case was not based on real evidence.
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