Secret Israeli nuclear test covered up to help Jimmy Carter’s re-election | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Secret Israeli nuclear test covered up to help Jimmy Carter’s re-election

immy Carter announces his run for the presidency in 1974. During his bid for re-election in 1979, it is alleged he covered up a nuclear weapons explosion carried out by Israel and apartheid South Africa. | AP
Former President Jimmy Carter covered up a nuclear weapon test by Israel in 1979, declassified reports have suggested. His administration feared that making the discovery public would damage his bid for re-election.

U.S. satellites picked up a “double flash” signal associated with a nuclear explosion in the South Indian Ocean in September 1979. This led to an emergency at the White House, according to Foreign Policy magazine which obtained the documents.

The Carter administration believed that the prime suspects were Israel and South Africa who at the time were suspected of having secret nuclear programs. They were both signatories to the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Breaching this was usually punished by sanctions and an end to arms sales by the U.S. and other parties to the agreement.

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This was the so-called "Vela" incident.

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