Arab states relaunching efforts to single out Israel for criticism at Int’l Atomic Energy Agency conference by presenting resolutions over Israel’s alleged possession of a nuclear arsenal, suggesting Jerusalem’s refusal to acknowledge it has such arms, threatens Mideast peace.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom
After a two-year hiatus, Arab nations are relaunching efforts to single out Israel for criticism at a major international conference by preparing a resolution over the country’s alleged nuclear arsenal, suggesting that the Jewish state’s refusal to acknowledge it has such arms is threatening Middle East peace.
The Arab push was a mainstay of recent annual meetings of the 159-nation International Atomic Energy Agency, where it was usually narrowly voted down by Israel’s allies. It was suspended in 2011 and 2012, in what Arab nations viewed as a concession to keep hopes alive of high-profile talks on banning weapons of mass destruction from the Mideast.
That attempt, co-sponsored by the United States, Russia and Britain, was called off late last year. While Syria’s civil war, nuclear tensions with Iran and other Middle East frictions were cited as the official motive for the cancellation, diplomats then acknowledged that the real reason was the failure to bridge Arab-Israeli differences.
Israel has long said that a full Palestinian-Israeli peace plan must precede any creation of a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction. The Israelis refuse to confirm or deny whether they have nuclear weapons. They also describe Iran and its alleged work on nuclear weapons as the real regional menace.
Iran denies wanting such arms, while it and the region’s other Muslim nations assert that Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal presents the greatest threat to peace in the neighborhood. They insist that Israel should declare such weapons and join the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as part of any peace talks.
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