Israel Refuses to Sign Nuclear Treaty

Via: Morning Star online.

An international activist is dragged away by an Israeli police officer

Israel has refused to join the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty in a snub to the international community’s efforts to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons.

In a speech delivered at the NPT review conference at UN headquarters in New York, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit called on Tel Aviv to finally officially declare its arsenal and then join the NPT, which would oblige it to throw its nuclear facilities open to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) oversight.

Israel, which is the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East, is believed to have some 200 atomic bombs.

The 118-member Non Aligned Movement, which Egypt currently chairs, has repeatedly called on Tel Aviv to join the NPT.

Mr Abul-Gheit said that the need for a nuke-free zone in the Middle East has “doubled” as Britain, Russia and the United States have failed to deliver on their 1995 pledge to set it up.

Russian arms negotiator Anatoly Antonov, speaking on behalf of the five NPT nuclear powers – the US, Russia, Britain, France and China – said these states were “committed to full implementation” of a Middle East nuclear-free zone.

In response, an anonymous Israeli government official said on Thursday that it would not sign the NPT.

Now Arab states are leading a drive at the month-long conference to pressure Tel Aviv to come clean on its nukes.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has sent a letter soliciting proposals from the agency’s 151 member states on how to implement a resolution demanding that Israel “accede” to the treaty.

Mr Amano posted his April 7 letter seven months after IAEA member states passed a resolution at their annual Vienna conference directly criticising Israel and its atomic programme, with 49 of the 110 states present in support, 45 against and 16 abstaining.

The result was a setback not only for Israel but also for Washington, which had lobbied for 18 years of past practice – debate on the issue without a vote.

The resolution “expresses concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities” and links it to “concern about the threat posed by the proliferation of nuclear weapons for the security and stability of the Middle East.”

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation troops have attacked Palestinians and international solidarity activists as they rallied against Israel’s illegal separation wall in the village of Walajeh near Bethlehem, injuring three.

Three protesters were detained.

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6 thoughts on “Israel Refuses to Sign Nuclear Treaty

  1. Israel is right not to reveal anything about their military capability. When one is surrounded by those wishing to annhilate you, you don’t reveal how or what you have to defend yourself.
    Israel cannot count on any of the countries mentioned to come to their defense.

  2. You are clearly a supporter of a colonial apartheid state and blind about its nature. Like the defenders of the old South African apartheid who supported that regime to stay strong and superior in the face of the “enemies” the natives!!
    But lets put this aside for now and I would like to ask you a question, lets pretend that Iran is seeking nuke weapons, in spite of there is nothing to prove this, can Iran use the same logic?

  3. So, you got that I’m an apartheid supporter out of my statement that basically Israel has a right to defend itself? (kinda shaking my head at that … like What!!??) Now that is what I call perception … though not accurate perception.
    Iran has the right to protect itself as well. However I don’t hear the Israeli leaders threatening the Iranians or anyone else with utter destruction. I do see Israel gearing up to defend itself from those that profess to “wipe the Jew pigs off the map”.
    I’m not going to sit here and claim Israel is “lilly white” by any means. But I feel you should think rationally. If you were constantly being threatened would you not protect yourself?

  4. “wipe the Jew pigs off the map”!! You are just spreading more misleading info here. Where did you read this statement?
    “Belief: Iran has threatened to attack Israel militarily and to “wipe it off the map.”
    Reality: No Iranian leader in the executive has threatened an aggressive act of war on Israel, since this would contradict the doctrine of ‘no first strike’ to which the country has adhered. The Iranian president has explicitly said that Iran is not a threat to any country, including Israel.

    Belief: But didn’t President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threaten to ‘wipe Israel off the map?’
    Reality: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did quote Ayatollah Khomeini to the effect that “this Occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time” (in rezhim-e eshghalgar-i Qods bayad as safheh-e ruzgar mahv shavad). This was not a pledge to roll tanks and invade or to launch missiles, however. It is the expression of a hope that the regime will collapse, just as the Soviet Union did. It is not a threat to kill anyone at all.”
    Read the rest here:
    Top Things you Think You Know about Iran that are not True

    And regarding the “perception” I am just trying to expose the nature of the state you are defending! it is not like any “normal” state, it is a settler colonial project!

  5. Steve,

    If the illegal state of Israel, is quote “…surrounded by those wishing to annhilate you…” then why is this illegal state there?

    The reality and truth is obvious to the world. Israel is the most hated illegal society around the world. Who ever supports it, supports all that happens inside it. Now we all know the history of how Israel ended up where it is today but you cannot control now the anger of people around the world.

    If Israel has the right to defend it self then so do the Palestinians and countries that surround it, if Israel has the right to build up a Nuclear arsenal then so do the countries that surround it. Israel will never have a stable home, and the Jews should remember that we the Europeans never wanted them in Europe and on first opportunity we got rid of them, because we know what they are really like.

  6. “Europeans never wanted them in Europe” because of the racism that flourished in Europe and still. The Zionists, not the Jews, took full advantage of that wave of racism and the Palestinians who did end up paying for it.

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