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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Dimona nuke reactor employees having trouble getting US visas?

Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor's employees have told Israel's Maariv daily that they have been having problems recently getting visas to the United States where they have for years attended seminars in Chemistry, Physics and Nuclear Engineering (link in Hebrew, Hat Tip: BA Wilson). They also complain of being treated in an 'insulting manner' by President Obama's people. Until recently, employees of the Nuclear Research Center routinely traveled to the United States for seminars and courses.

But reactor employees also complain of an American refusal to sell them reactor components that have routinely been sold to them by the United States. Instead, the components are being purchased from... France. This is from a Google translation that I've tried to fix up a little bit.
Professor Zeev Alfasi, the Chairman of the Nuclear Engineering Department at Ben - Gurion University, who is aware of what is going on, describes the deterioration of the American attitude regarding the nuclear reactor. "Some of our people did not receive visas to the United States because they are employees of Nuclear Research Center," explained Professor Alfasi, "The United States does not sell anything nuclear to the Nuclear Research Center, and this includes everything. For example, the Nuclear Research Center in Dimona is buying radiation detectors in France, because the Americans are not selling to the Nuclear Research Center's employees. "

Prof. Alfasi added that "the Americans want to know for what each item of equipment is used. They sell to universities, but they refuse to sell these same items of equipment to the Nuclear Research Center. I do not whether they will sell the same items that they refuse to sell us to Iran." The Nuclear Research Center refused to comment on the claims.
Anyone still believe Prime Minister Netanyahu is not going to be pressured to give up Israel's nuclear capability at that conference next week?

What could go wrong?


At 2:55 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Obami believe all the problems in the Middle East are all the Jews' fault.

I'd be surprised if that changes next week. Stay tuned.

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This amounts to nothing more than a PR battle. The smartest thing to do is to refuse any and all overtures from the US.


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