Chuck Schumer: I didn't get your question.
SH: Do you acknowledge that Israel has nuclear weapons, sir?
CS: I'm not -- you can -- go read the newspapers about that. [walks away from podium]
SH: You can't acknowledge that Israel has nuclear weapons, sir?
CS: It is a well known fact that Israel has nuclear weapons, but the Israeli government doesn't officially talk about what kinds of weapons and where, etc.
SH: Should the U.S. government be forthright?
Jeff Ballou (National Press Club President, news editor at Al Jazeera): Ok, we'll move on.
Roger Mattson, author of Stealing the Atom Bomb: How Denial and Deception Armed Israel notes: "First Schumer tried to duck the question, then, trying to be forthright, he went further than anyone of his stature has gone before, at least to my knowledge. Too bad the moderator did not realize you were plowing new ground, or maybe he did realize that and cut [it] off intentionally."
Smith suggests: "So a final question would be: 'Since aid to non-NNPT countries is subject to the Arms Export Control Act sanctions, why do you keep passing it?'"