Monday, April 12, 2010

Nuclear Israel Continues To Ignore Call For Middle East Peace: Third Party Intervention Inevitable


Why Does the U.S. Let Israel Get Away With Having a Nuclear Arsenal?


The Obama administration says it wants to reduce nuclear weapons, yet it goes along with Israel's evasions, blocking the path to a nuclear-free Middle East.

Thirty-eight heads of state are gathering in Washington for Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit. But Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is not among them. Israel is one of only nine nations represented by lesser government figures. The official reason, according to Israeli press reports: Egypt, Turkey and other Middle Eastern states “intend to exploit the occasion in order to slam Israel” over its refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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Global leaders, minus Israel’s Netanyahu, gather for Washington nuclear summit

Published 12 April, 2010, 16:32

Israel is apprehensive that some leaders at this week’s nuclear security summit will use the event to put the spotlight on the nationl’s undeclared nuclear arsenal.

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Israel Viewed As World's Sixth Nuclear Power: analysts

LONDON — Israel, whose prime minister withdrew Friday from next week's US-hosted nuclear summit, is viewed as the sixth country to have acquired nuclear weapons -- a title it has neither denied nor confirmed.

Analysts at British defence specialists Jane's believe the Jewish state has between 100 and 300 nuclear warheads, putting them among the more advanced nuclear weapons states and roughly on a par with Britain.

The London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) estimates Israel has "up to 200" warheads delivered on land-based short-range Jericho 1 and medium-range Jericho 2 missiles.

The Nuclear Threat Initiative, a US advocacy group co-created by Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, puts the figure at 100 to 200.

Israel is the only nuclear power in the Middle East with a programme dating back to the 1950s under Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion.

It was developed with the help of France and is centred on the Dimona reactor in the southern Negev desert.

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Israel Must Be Part Of Efforts To Reduce Nuclear Weapons

Australia's former foreign minister Gareth Evans, co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, said Israel must be part of efforts to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons around the world.

Evans said there was a double standard in the way the Israel was treated compared to other nations, such as Iran and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which have faced United Nations sanctions for their nuclear programs, according to the Australian Associated Press report on Monday.

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