Sunday, May 30th, 2010
Haven’t seen a Canadian media outlet point out the fact yet today that it was Iran also recently moved for disarmament. On reflection, it’s an odd step for a diabolical nation intent on building such a fiendish deadly arsenal. While this may very well be hyperbole on Iran’s part, there is certainly no shortage of hyperbole from Netanyahu’s corner. (This UN measure was sponsored by Egypt, as Raw Story reports.) It’s a surprising and welcome move on Washington’s part to support this measure.
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Amy Teibel, The Globe and Mail
May 30, 2010
Israel, thought to be the Middle East’s only nuclear power, has rejected a new UN demand to come clean about its secretive nuclear program, calling it a “deeply flawed and hypocritical” act that ignores the threat posed by its sworn enemy Iran.
Israel declared late Saturday that it would not take part in a 2012 conference on establishing a nuclear-free Middle East – an Arab-led initiative backed by top ally United States and the 188 other signatories to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
Although a series of U.S. conditions put the conference in doubt, the resolution, and the surprising U.S. support it received, added new pressure on Israel to give up what is almost universally believed to be a sizable nuclear arsenal. Israel refuses to confirm or deny the suspicions.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to discuss the resolution with President Barack Obama when the two meet in Washington Tuesday, the Israeli leader’s office said.