Resolution urges Israel to sign non-proliferation treaty 'without further delay'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution
Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection
and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle
East which was just canceled.
All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in
mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov.
23 that it wouldn't take place, citing political turmoil in the region and
Iran's defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations
countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to
The resolution, approved by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions, calls on
Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty "without further delay"
and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic
Energy Agency. Those voting "no" were Israel, the US, Canada, Marshall
Islands, Micronesia and Palau.
Resolutions adopted by the 193-member General Assembly are not legally
binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political
weight. . . .
[This collection, now referred to as the "Avner Cohen Collection" represents nearly two
decades of academic research on the history of Israel's nuclear program. It includes
tens of thousands of pages of copies of archival documents, countless press clippings,
and hundreds of hours of oral history interviews.--Avner Cohen, "New Exclusive Interviews on
the Israeli Nuclear Program," wilsoncenter.org]
[Have you ever wondered which weapons the United States gives Israel with
more than $3 billion in taxpayer money each year and which corporations profit?--"U.S. Weapons to
[When the former speaker of the Knesset, Avraham Burg, broke the taboo last month,
declaring Israeli possession of both nuclear and chemical weapons and describing the
official non-disclosure policy as "outdated and childish" a rightwing group formally
called for a police investigation for treason.
Meanwhile, western governments have played along with the policy of "opacity" by
avoiding all mention of the issue. In 2009, when a veteran Washington reporter, Helen
Thomas, asked Barack Obama in the first month of his presidency if he knew of any
country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons, he dodged the trapdoor by saying only
that he did not wish to "speculate".--Julian Borger, "The
truth about Israel's secret nuclear arsenal," theguardian.com, January 15, 2014]
[The documents outline how the American administration worked ahead of the meeting
between President Richard Nixon and Prime Minister Golda Meir at the White House in
September 1969, as officials came to terms with a three-part Israeli refusal -- to sign
the Non-Proliferation Treaty; to agree to American inspection of the Dimona nuclear
facility; and to condition delivery of fighter jets on Israel's agreement to give up
nuclear weaponry in exchange for strategic ground-to-ground Jericho missiles--Amir Oren,
declassified documents reveal how U.S. agreed to Israel's nuclear program,"
haaretz.com, August 30, 2014]