THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
December 4, 2012
Times of Israel

UN Calls on Israel to Open Nuclear Facilities

Resolution urges Israel to sign non-proliferation treaty 'without further delay'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled.

All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn't take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran's defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to attend.

The resolution, approved by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty "without further delay" and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Those voting "no" were Israel, the US, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

Resolutions adopted by the 193-member General Assembly are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political weight. . . .

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[This collection, now referred to as the "Avner Cohen Collection" represents nearly two decades of academic research on the history of Israel's nuclear program. It includes tens of thousands of pages of copies of archival documents, countless press clippings, and hundreds of hours of oral history interviews.--Avner Cohen, "New Exclusive Interviews on the Israeli Nuclear Program," wilsoncenter.org]

[Have you ever wondered which weapons the United States gives Israel with more than $3 billion in taxpayer money each year and which corporations profit?--"U.S. Weapons to Israel," http://endtheoccupation.org]

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[When the former speaker of the Knesset, Avraham Burg, broke the taboo last month, declaring Israeli possession of both nuclear and chemical weapons and describing the official non-disclosure policy as "outdated and childish" a rightwing group formally called for a police investigation for treason.

Meanwhile, western governments have played along with the policy of "opacity" by avoiding all mention of the issue. In 2009, when a veteran Washington reporter, Helen Thomas, asked Barack Obama in the first month of his presidency if he knew of any country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons, he dodged the trapdoor by saying only that he did not wish to "speculate".--Julian Borger, "The truth about Israel's secret nuclear arsenal," theguardian.com, January 15, 2014]

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