Israel, atomic weapons, treaties, and hypocrisy

So the UN refuses the put any pressure on Israel to join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. I don’t see how this can be acceptable to anybody. And Israel threatens to derail the “peace talks” if anyone dares tell it to join the list of responsible countries who have signed the treaty. Iran is on that treaty, for example. So Israel is less responsible than Iran in this case? So a huge bloc of world powers tried to get the UN to put pressure on Israel over this treaty, and Israel refuses. So why don’t these countries just threaten to withdraw themselves if the US is going to play that game? They could say: well, if you’re not going to hold your allies responsible for such an important treaty, then why should we be motivated to join? Why should we voluntarily have our hands tied when you leave Israel a free reign?

And finally, how can Israel accuse Iran of “developing atomic weapons in secret” when Israel itself did just this thing?

IAEA rejects Arab move over Israel

The US said the resolution risked souring newly restarted peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis  [EPA]

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, has rejected an Arab-proposed resolution calling on Israel to join a global anti-atomic arms treaty.

The general assembly of the 151-member IAEA blocked the resolution at its meeting in Vienna on Friday. Fifty-one member states voted against the resolution while 46 voted in favour and 23 abstained.

Israel had warned the UN nuclear watchdog that an Arab-led push to target the Jewish state in a resolution could deal a “fatal blow” to future co-operation on boosting Middle East security.

“Adopting this resolution will be a fatal blow to any hope for future co-operative efforts towards better regional security in the Middle East,” Ehud Azoulay, Israel’s IAEA envoy said, shortly before the vote.

The delegate made the statement during a tense debate on the draft resolution, which called on Israel to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Arab worries

Arab representatives said Israel’s presumed nuclear arsenal threatens regional peace and stability.

The Jewish state is the region’s only country outside the NPT.

In Depth
Factfile: The world’s nuclear stockpile
Inside Story: A world without atomic weapons
Riz Khan: Global nuclear disarmament
Israel’s ‘nuclear arsenal’
Nuclear double standard

The United States had urged Arab states to withdraw the non-binding resolution, saying it could derail broader efforts to ban such arms in the Middle East and also send a negative signal to the relaunched Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“It is…unfortunate that this resolution is being pursued at a time when peace talks in the Middle East are being restarted after a long delay,”
Glyn Davies, the US ambassador, said.

“The divisiveness and confrontation caused by this resolution threatens these talks just as they are being rekindled,” he told the assembly.

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