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February 21, 2003
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Shimon Peres confirmed that Israel has nuclear weapons. In an address in Jerusalem on Thursday to a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the former prime minister briefly referred to his efforts in the 1950s to convince Israeli officials to develop nuclear weapons. Israel succeeded in becoming one of five or six countries in the world with a “nuclear option,” Peres said, breaking Israel’s long-standing policy of ambiguity about its nuclear capabilities.

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