Itongadol.- Israel\’s nuclear facility in Dimona helped to spur the signing of the Oslo Accords between the Jewish state and the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1993, retired veteran statesman Shimon Peres has stated.
Regional conjecture over rumored nuclear weapons work at the Negev Nuclear Research Center was a factor in reaching the historic agreements on the peace process, the former president indicated in an interview with TIME magazine published Tuesday.
"Dimona helped us to achieve Oslo. Because many Arabs, out of suspicion, came to the conclusion that it’s very hard to destroy Israel because of it, because of their suspicion," Peres told TIME of the controversial peace process he helped initiate as Israel\’s then-foreign minister.
While Israel maintains a policy of nuclear ambiguity, refusing to either confirm or deny possession of atomic weapons, Peres asserted that "we’ve never threatened anybody with nuclear bombs, and we’ve never tested it."
When asked by TIME whether suspicions over Israel\’s nuclear weapons capabilities might have caused Iran to seek its own such arms, the 92-year-old Peres stressed that human beings make arms races, not the weapons themselves.
Pointing toward Iran, he ascertained that threatening calls for death and destruction create dangerous situations that are not present with weapons alone.
"For example, if Switzerland would try today to have a nuclear bomb, I’m not sure people would be very concerned," he told the US magazine. "But when you have Ayatollahs who call for the destruction of Israel and even for the destruction of the United States of America—\’the big Satan and the small Satan\’—that is a very dangerous combination."