Sunday, October 4, 2009
Obama won't press Israel to reveal nuclear arsenal
Editor's Note: The flagrant hypocritical double-standard held by Washington is catastrophically insane. The Iranians are not permitted to have nuclear weapons while the "Chosen People" can have all they want. Israel's nuclear weaponry is also supplied by the US. It also further substantiates the President's subservience to this genocidal/suicidal regime.
By Haaretz | Oct. 3, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama will not pressure Israel to disclose its
nuclear arsenal to international inspection, as reported on Friday by
The Washington Times.
The 40-year-old covert agreement between the U.S. and Israel has
allegedly permitted Israel to maintain an active nuclear facility
without inspection that contains several hundred nuclear bombs. The
joint understanding was apparently reached during Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House in May this year. The
report also said that the senior officials who had confirmed these
findings spoke on the condition that they would not be named.
Israel was nervous Obama would retract U.S. understanding of the secret
treaty signed in September 1969 in a summit between former U.S.
President Richard Nixon and the then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir,
the report added. To date there is no official documentation of such an
agreement nor has it ever been acknowledged by any U.S. or Israeli
The report follows a United Nations nuclear assembly resolution which
urged Israel earlier this month to put all its atomic sites under the
world body's inspection and join the Non-Proliferation Treaty....The
non-binding resolution, which passed for the first time in 18 years of
attempts thanks to more developing nation votes, voiced concern about
"Israeli nuclear capabilities" and urged the International Atomic Energy
Agency to tackle the issue. Israel is one of only three countries
worldwide along with India and Pakistan outside the nuclear NPT and is
widely assumed to have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, though it
has never confirmed or denied this.
UN Security Council members Russia and China also backed the resolution,
which passed by 49 votes to 45 against in a floor vote at the IAEA's
annual member states conference. The vote split along Western and
developing nation lines. There were 16 abstentions.
"Israel will not cooperate in any matter with this resolution..." chief
Israeli delegate David Danieli told the chamber. Western states said it
was unfair and counterproductive to isolate one member state...
Arab nations said Israel had brought the resolution on itself by having
never signed the 40-year-old 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." Calling the
resolution "unbalanced", Canada tried to block a vote on the floor with
a "no-action motion". But the procedural maneuver lost by an eight-vote
margin. The same motion prevailed in 2007 and 2008.
A senior diplomat from the non-aligned movement of developing nations
said times had changed. "People and countries are bolder now, willing to
call a spade a spade. You cannot hide or ignore the truth, the double
standards, of Israel's nuclear capability forever," he said.