The article The Israel Defense Forces will not have a nuclear arsenal when the end of the current military operation ends in 2018.
The country will have to rely on non-nuclear capabilities to protect its interests and the security of its citizens, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech Tuesday.
Netanyahu said Israel is not a nuclear state and has no intention to expand its nuclear arsenal.
The prime minister spoke at a ceremony honoring his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, who was killed in a helicopter crash in February.
The Israeli leader called Olmerts assassination a “crime” and “treason,” and called for his resignation.
“We know that no country can build up its nuclear deterrent until it has a nuclear force capable of dealing with any threat it faces,” Netanyahu said.
The prime minister said the Israeli defense forces have been deployed for decades, but they have not carried out any major missions since 2014.
He said that as the end date approaches, the IDF will not be ready to be deployed at all.
“If the situation deteriorates, the prime minister is committed to the conclusion that, in the final analysis, the future of our people and our state is not in the hands of any terrorist organization, but in the hand of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu told the military academy graduates.
Netanyahus defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon, said during the speech that the country needs a deterrent that can survive the endgame.
“We have to be ready,” Ya’elman said.
“The time is not far off when we have to decide how we will deal with a situation that will last for years.”
Ya’alon said Israel will remain a nuclear power and will never abandon its nuclear weapons program, saying that Israel will continue to be able to defend itself against any attack on its territory, military facilities or civilians.
“A nuclear attack by the Palestinians is the greatest danger facing Israel and our security.
It will not go away, and the people of Israel will not surrender.
That is the only way we can guarantee the security and prosperity of our nation,” Yaabat said.
Yaabat also said that if a Palestinian terrorist group were to attack Israel, it would take a long time for Israel to retaliate, and it would likely take decades to rebuild and rebuild its military.
The speech came as Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, were celebrating a month of national mourning after the assassination of Israeli police officer Gilad Shalit.
Shalit was shot in the back of the head by a Palestinian teenager who then killed two other Israelis before being shot and killed by an Israeli soldier.
He was killed by security forces after the gunman shouted “Death to America.”
The Palestinians have blamed Israel for the killing of the two Israelis, but Israel maintains that it was the gunman who pulled the trigger.
In November, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu announced the establishment of a “state of emergency” to allow Israel to impose curfews and restrict movement, including from the West Wall.
Netahot said that during the current period, the country will not expand its arsenal and that it will continue its security operations with a minimum of military force.
Israel’s defense minister said that, as of now, the security situation in the occupied territories is normal.
He also noted that Israel has a “precautionary measure” in place, including a three-day lockdown that includes closing schools and closing certain public places, such as the West bank and East Jerusalem.