Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Dimona nuclear reactor Tuesday along with Dan Meridor, the minister in charge of intelligence affairs and nuclear research.
The Prime Minister's Office said Netanyahu was briefed "on the various scientific projects advanced by reactor employees." The PM was said to "express his deep appreciation for employees at the facility for their contribution to the State of Israel's strength and security."
The visit marked Netanyahu's first tour at the nuclear facility since taking office. According to the PM's Office, the visit was undertaken at the initiative of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission's director general and the Dimona reactor's director.
Earlier Tuesday, Brigadier General Yossi Beiditz reviewed the progress of Iran's nuclear program in a briefing to the Knesset's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee. He noted that Tehran's progress towards the production of nuclear weapons is a matter of decision, rather than of technological know-how.
"As of the end of 2009, a nuclear bomb is an Iranian decision," he said. "On the international front, we are increasingly seeing an atmosphere of accepting the fact that Iran will go nuclear."
Amnon Meranda contributed to the report