IAEA Meeting Rejects Arab Resolution Criticizing Israel’s Nukes

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Sept. 20, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

An Ar­ab-sponsored meas­ure cri­ti­ciz­ing Is­rael for its widely sus­pec­ted nuc­le­ar ar­sen­al failed on Fri­day to se­cure enough votes to pass at the In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency’s yearly gen­er­al mem­ber­ship meet­ing, Rus­sia Today re­por­ted.

The res­ol­u­tion lost by a vote of 43-51.

The non­bind­ing meas­ure is un­der­stood to have called on Is­rael to place all of its atom­ic sites un­der com­pre­hens­ive IAEA safe­guards and to join the Nuc­le­ar Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty as a non-nuc­le­ar coun­try. IAEA mem­ber states in 2009 passed a sim­il­ar res­ol­u­tion.

Wash­ing­ton earli­er this week cri­ti­cized the ef­fort to single Is­rael out for con­dem­na­tion after fail­ing to con­vince Ar­ab states from in­tro­du­cing the res­ol­u­tion.

Is­raeli nuc­le­ar en­ergy head Shaul Chorev charged that the Ar­ab res­ol­u­tion would only worsen “ex­ist­ing dis­trust” between Middle East­ern na­tions.

Is­rael is es­tim­ated to have 80 nuc­le­ar weapons, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Bul­let­in of the Atom­ic Sci­ent­ists re­port. The Jew­ish state’s long­stand­ing policy has been to neither con­firm nor deny its pos­ses­sion of nuc­le­ar arms even as it re­peatedly cri­ti­cizes and threatens to at­tack Ir­an for its con­tro­ver­sial urani­um en­rich­ment activ­it­ies.

A U.N. ef­fort to con­vene a con­fer­ence for all Middle East­ern na­tions on es­tab­lish­ing weapons-of-mass-de­struc­tion-free zone for the re­gion nev­er came to fruition by a dead­line in 2012, largely due to Is­rael’s re­fus­al to con­firm its at­tend­ance.

Is­rael and the United States both con­tend it is un­reas­on­able to ex­pect any ad­vance­ments on a WMD-free zone in the re­gion as long as Ir­an con­tin­ues its dis­puted nuc­le­ar de­vel­op­ment and there is no over­arch­ing Ar­ab-Is­raeli peace agree­ment.

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