In a close vote of the 159 member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency, 43 voted in favor of Israel joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and 51 against. The anti-nuclear development treaty has already been agreed to by most nations capable of nuclear production. With long-standing US aid, Israel has become the strongest military force in its region. Due to strong political and ideological differences, a strong, Egyptian-led contingent has been pushing since 2010 to lessen the presence of nuclear weapons in the Arab region. This push has gained further momentum with a statement from Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani solidifying his position not pursue the development of nuclear arms. It’s safe to say that the Israeli leadership doesn’t quite trust the claims, dismissing them as “fraudulent.”
This defeat on such an important issue is emblematic of the ability and willingness of the US to throw its political weight around in service of its allies and, by extension, its individual goals. Isreal and US want to maintain indisputable military power in the region, and most other Arab nations are scared for their own geo-political safety. That being said, it’s hard to understand the true motives of all the parties who influenced this decision.
Johnthomas Didymus, “IAEA Meeting Rejects Arab Push for Israel to Join Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,” allvoices.com, September 22, 2013, http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/15598476-iaea-meeting-rejects-arab-push-for-israel-to-join-nuclear-nonproliferation-treaty.
“IAEA Rejects Arab Nuclear Push on Israel,” Aljazeera.com, September 21, 2013, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/09/201392164847337937.html.
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