Israel 'has 150 nuclear weapons'
Mr Carter was speaking at the UK's Hay-on-Wye literature festival
Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal.
The Israelis have never confirmed they have nuclear weapons, but this has been widely assumed since a scientist leaked details in the 1980s.
Mr Carter made his comments on Israel's weapons at a press conference at the annual literary Hay Festival in Wales.
He also described Israeli treatment of Palestinians as "one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth".
Mr Carter gave the figure for the Israeli nuclear arsenal in response to a question on US policy on a possible nuclear-armed Iran, arguing that any country newly armed with atomic weapons faced overwhelming odds.
"The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons; the Soviet Union (sic) has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more," he said.
Israel's Dimona reactor is understood to provide plutonium for the country's nuclear weapons
"We have a phalanx of enormous capabilities, not only of weaponry but also of rockets to deliver every one of those missiles on a pinpoint accuracy target."
Most experts estimate that Israel has between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on information leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper in the 1980s by Mordechai Vanunu, a former worker at the country's Dimona nuclear reactor.
There goes that 'Doo Doo Principal' again.
In order to maintain supremacy in the region, the Jewish state knowing everyone in the region hates their guts, get's the BIG BOMBS to defend against any threat.
When you invade a region and kill the locals to make room for your own people, you better watch your back because you have instant enemies and rightly so in the case of the Palestinians. When you have to reach to the 'Nukes' for security you have already lost, nukes are loser weapons where even the user loses.
Sick behavior from sick minds trying to keep the lie alive.