Thu, Feb 22, 2007 - Page 9 News List

Israel mulls nuclear 以色列考慮興建核電廠

Israel is considering building a nuclear power station, the Haaretz daily newspaper reported on Feb. 11, quoting the head of the Israeli electricity company.

The official, Uri Bin-Nun, said the head of the Israeli Atomic Energy commission told him that the idea was under consideration — the first time the commission has said that.

Israel has two nuclear reactors — ostensibly for research and scientific purposes — but is widely believed to have developed nuclear weapons at the larger of the two, in the Negev Desert.

Israel has not confirmed that it has nuclear weapons and insists it will not be the first country to introduce them to the Middle East.

Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), and its nuclear program is not under international supervision.

Israel is at the forefront of an international effort to keep Iran, which has signed the NPT, from going nuclear. Iran insists its nuclear development program is for peaceful purposes, but Israel, the US and others believe its real goal is to build atomic bombs.

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has repeatedly called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

The newspaper report said the local electricity company has been promoting the idea of nuclear power for years, even allocating land in the Negev Desert for a power plant. The skyrocketing price of oil-based fuel has added impetus to the concept.

The spokesman for the Israel Electricity Corporation refused to comment on the report.

Israel has been converting its electricity generating plants from coal to natural gas in recent years.(AP)



Today's Word 今日單字

1. ostensibly adv.

表面上 (biao3 mian4 shang4) ,明顯地 (ming2 xian3 di5)

例: I bought this truck. Ostensibly, I needed it for work, but I really just love how it looks.


2. signatory n.

簽約國 (qian1 yue1 guo2),簽署者 (qian1 shu3 zhe3)

例: Our company is not a signatory to this contract.


3. forefront n.

最前線 (zui4 qian2 xian4)

例: James just bought a brand new TV — he likes to be at the forefront of electronics development.


4. allocate v.t.

分配 (fen1 pei4)

例: We're allocating 20 percent of the budget to your department.









以色列近幾年已將發電廠從燃煤發電改至天然氣發電。 (美聯社/翻譯:賴美君)

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