Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo/REUTERS
TEL AVIV – Israel has agreed to the idea of the United States (US) building a uranium enrichment facility in Saudi Arabia as part of a deal that would see Riyadh establish diplomatic relations with the Zionist regime.
This news was revealed in a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report.
The newspaper reported that Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed senior nuclear and security officials to cooperate with Washington on this issue.
“Progress occurred after Netanyahu met US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session on Wednesday,” said the WSJ report on Thursday (21/9/2023), citing Israeli and American sources.
Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear-capable country in the Middle East, but has never confirmed its status.
According to officials quoted by WSJ, Israel will accept Riyadh as host to a US-controlled uranium enrichment facility.
The proposed facility would likely have emergency measures so it could be deactivated remotely in the event of a crisis, the paper said.
Opponents of the deal claim it will increase the risk of nuclear proliferation.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, famous for its ‘Doomsday Clock’ marking the estimated time remaining until the annihilation of humanity, last month warned against the plan after reports first appeared in US media.