SAUDI ARABIA - Israel Concerned About New Nuclear Facility

Arno Froese

Israel has privately expressed concerns to the Trump administration about a new nuclear facility reportedly built in the Saudi desert with Chinese help, Israeli officials said.

Why it matters: This secret development raises concerns that the Saudis are building infrastructure for a future military nuclear program.

What they’re saying: A senior Israeli intelligence official said there are “worrying signs about what the Saudis might be doing, but it is not exactly clear to us what’s going on in this facility.”

Israeli officials think the Saudis decided to work with China on the new facility because the Chinese don’t require assurances that nuclear technology will be used only for peaceful purposes. 

Background: The production of yellowcake is a preliminary phase in the refinement of uranium. The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty does not compel the Saudis to update the IAEA about the existence of such a facility., 19 August 2020

Arno's commentary

While Israel is not part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the spread of nuclear science and technology is definitely a concern. Although relations with Saudi Arabia have greatly improved in the last few years—some even speculating that Saudi Arabia could normalize relations with the Jewish state—caution is Israel’s middle name. Nuclear weapons in the hands of unstable governments could spell catastrophe for Israel. 

In olden times, The Lord commanded Isaiah: “…Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth” (Isaiah 21:6).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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