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Secret Documents Reveal Isreal-South Africa Weapons Talks

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(GIN) – During the final brutal years of Apartheid, top Israeli officials were preparing to sell deadly nuclear weapons technologies to the South African racist regime, a new book asserts. Such sales were forbidden by U.S. sanctions in force at that time.

According to the riveting book making waves worldwide, officials from the two countries met in 1975. South Africa's defense minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defense minister and now its president, responded by offering them "in three sizes". The "three sizes" are believed to refer to conventional, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Sasha Polakow-Suransky, the author of “The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa,” uncovered the 1975 meeting minutes while reviewing some 7,000 pages of newly-declassified material relating to the two allies.

"Israel tested its own weapons and helped South Africa build highly advanced nuclear weapons delivery systems, long-range missiles, throughout the ’80s, at a secret South African testing range where hundreds of Israelis were employed," he said in an on-air interview with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman.

“This lasted almost up until the transition to democracy in South Africa. As late as 1989, the two countries were still cooperating in this field.”

A spokeswoman for President Peres called the report baseless and said there were "never any negotiations" between the two countries. Former South African Foreign and Defense Minister P. W. 'Pik' Botha also rejected suggestions of a nuclear weapons pact.

The documents released in South Africa were declassified over Israeli objections, said Polakow-Suransky. "The South Africans didn't seem to care,” he said, adding: “they blacked out a few lines and handed it over to me. The ANC government is not so worried about protecting the dirty laundry of the apartheid regime's old allies."

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