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Israel Denies Having Nuclear Bombs

Israeli officials have again denied that their country has nuclear bombs. Israel is not a nuclear power and it will not be the first to introduce atomic weapons into the Middle East, the officials said today responding to a report in the current issue of Time magazine that Israel has a stock of 13 locally made nuclear bombs and considered using them during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Israeli sources were quoted today as suggesting to foreign news media that the Time report, as last month’s CIA leak that Israel has 10-20 nuclear weapons, was leaked to counter Israel’s objections to the sale of American arms to Egypt and its own requests for increased American military assistance.