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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Upcoming NPT Will Wrestle With Israel

In Joel Rosenberg's book The Ezekiel Option, which is all about biblical prophecy, the trigger for war against the state of Israel was the UN pressure for it to declare its nuclear weapons.

Next month in New York, The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, also Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT or NNPT) will come under review. It is a treaty signed in 1970, to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. 189 countries are signatories of the said treaty including current non-compliant member Iran. North Korea withdrew from the treaty in 2003.

It seems though that even with the great fear of Iran and North Korea having nuclear weapons, the talks will all point their fingers on a non-member, Israel. Israel is a country which has neither confirm nor deny it has nuclear weapons for security weapons. However; if recent news are to be the basis it seems everyone will be focused on it even though it has never threatened anybody, including its enemies with nuclear weapons. Unlike Iran and North Korea which has maintained aggressive rhetoric when it comes to its nuclear intentions.

In recent news we can see that already, 7 countries are poised to put on the pressure on Israel when the conference commences in the UN Headquarters in New York this month of May.

The alliance groups Egypt, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden.

Lebanon however has also joined the fray along with Iran to pressure Israel to open up its Nuclear information to the world. Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami sounded off his country's sentiments:

Shami told reporters at the Rafic Hariri's International Airport in Beirut that "regional and international communities should pressure the UN Security Council into imposing sanctions against Israel."

A nuclear weapons-free Middle East requires "the Zionist regime to join the NPT," said the concluding statement of the conference read out by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
source: The Associated Press

The biggest stumbling block for Israel in New York however; did not come from its traditional rivals and other Islamic countries. But from an ally which it is now having some friction with... the United States. President Obama wants all nations to be in the NPT including Israel.

"And so whether we're talking about Israel or any other country, we think that becoming part of the NPT is important. And that, by the way, is not a new position. That's been a consistent position of the United States government, even prior to my administration."

Yet in just September 2009, the same Obama administration along with Canada opposed the IAEA resolution calling out Israel to become a member of the NPT

Before the vote, U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies said the resolution was "redundant ... Such an approach is highly politicized and does not address the complexities at play regarding crucial nuclear-related issues in the Middle East."

If only they will read the ending of Joel Rosenberg's book, they might have second thoughts on voting against Israel on this one.