“With over 300 to 400 nuclear bombs, Israel has been translated into an image of apocalyptic horror for the entire Middle East if not for the world,” wrote Dr. Ismail Salami, a prolific Iranian author and Middle East expert, in an article published on Press TV’s website on Wednesday.

Pointing to the Samson Option theory, explained by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Seymour M. Hersh in his 1991 book The Samson Option, he noted that “Israel reserves the option to retaliate massively with nuclear weapons when its existence is gravely endangered by the military might of another country although the regime refuses to admit to the possession of a huge nuclear arsenal.”

“In fact, the Samson Option is a horrific plan drawn up by Israel leaders to take down the Middle East and the entire world if necessary and proclaimed ‘kosher’ [legitimate],” the political analyst added.

Salami went on to say that according to revelations made by Hersh, the Israeli regime has produced “three to five bombs a year” since the 1950s when it started its nuclear weapons program.

“After all, Israel started its illegal nuclear activities back in 1950 in Dimona, an Israeli city in the Negev desert, as it was geographically ideal for such clandestine activities,” he pointed out.

The author of Human Rights in Islam also referred to the nuclear cooperation between the Israeli regime and France to “build an underground plutonium processing facility for Israel in 1962,” offering an example of the atrocities Tel Aviv has committed to further its nuclear work.

“The Israelis kept tight security in and around the perimeter of the nuclear facility and in 1973 they shot down a passenger Libyan plane flying in the vicinity and killed 104 passengers,” he elaborated.

Salami further highlighted the role of the Israeli spy agency, Mossad and LAKAM, an Israeli intelligence agency responsible for “stealing technology for Dimona” in the operation Plumbat whereby Israel hijacked “a German freighter with a cargo of 200 tons of uranium oxide” in 1968.

The expert also drew attention to the disclosures made by Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli nuclear technician and an advocate of the Palestinian cause, who, in 1986, “smuggled dozens of pictures and documents out of Dimona and gave them to the London Sunday Times.”

“The pictures and documents proved that Israel was in possession of a sizeable nuclear arsenal i.e. as many as 200 highly sophisticated thermonuclear bombs… and that Israel was producing 1.2 kilograms of plutonium on a weekly basis, enough to make 10 to 12 bombs per year,” he explained.

He finally pointed out that in spite of all the evidence, the Tel Aviv regime pursues a policy of “nuclear opacity” with the help of US leaders, who “have voiced their constant support for Israel and its security.”

“Mum is the word in Israeli nuclear policy,” Salami said, concluding that “The tale of Israel’s nuclear weapons program is a painfully sad one and the fact that some European countries secretly catapulted this regime into a nuclear nightmare is a shame.”