a journalist based in the Washington, D.C. area, I try
to ask tough questions of political figures when I can.
Perhaps my favorite question is some variation of “do
you acknowledge that Israel has nuclear weapons?” I’ve
asked this of many political figures and virtually no
one has given me a straightforward response. But the
most surreal — almost comical — response came from
Donald Trump’s VP pick in 2011. At the time, he was a
congressman and vice-chair of the House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia:
Question: You’ve also served on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Do you know that Israel has nuclear weapons?
Pence: [long pause, looks down] I’m — I am aware that Israel is our most cherished ally. And I strongly support Israel’s right of self defense and to take such actions as are necessary to secure their homeland as much as we take actions to secure ours.
Question: Do you think it increases or decreases U.S. credibility around the world when U.S. government officials can’t even acknowledge that Israel has a massive nuclear arsenal?
Pence: The American people support Israel. I call Israel our most cherished ally and I will continue to stand — without apology — for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and strong cooperation with our most cherished ally in a very volatile part of the world.
He was utterly incapable of engaging on the issue of Israel’s nuclear arsenal. His passionate attachment to Israel has become a mantra and no inconvenient facts need enter the equation... More
Watch Pence and other U.S. government officials respond to The Center Public Integrity's Sam Husseini questioning them about Israel's nuclear weapons on Youtube.
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