IAEA and Israel

By: Daily.Pk

At least Iran has publicly declared it has a new uranium enrichment facility. And it will allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect it. Israel, though, has yet to make such announcements or gesture. For decades Israel has refused to confirm the now well-documented fact that it has a significant arsenal of nuclear warheads — the only country in the Middle East known to have successfully developed such a program. Estimates suggest it has as many as 200 warheads, putting every Arab state within range of a nuclear strike.

With the connivance of the West, Israel has been allowed to do all this unchecked at its nuclear weapons factory at Dimona in the Negev, and without signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Israel’s nuclear arsenal puts paid to any attempt to lay down regional rules for peace and security. Its regional monopoly of nuclear weapons cannot be regarded solely as a deterrent. It must also be regarded as an instrument of intimidation by means of which Israel seeks to terrorize its neighbors, the threats to Iran being an example. Then Prime Minister Golda Meir “let it slip” that the Israelis had contemplated using a nuclear bomb during the 1973 war. Ergo, the Israeli nuclear weapon is not just for deterrence and intimidation. In the back of the minds of Israeli strategists the bomb is there to be used.

At the IAEA’s recent annual conference of member states in Vienna, a floor vote urged Israel to accede to the NPT and place all atomic sites under UN inspections. The problem for the IAEA is that it is little more than an unwelcome guest in the Jewish state. Israel, along with Pakistan and India, refuses to sign the NPT and so is not subject to inspections by the agency.

Western double standards are glaringly obvious when it comes to nuclear power. Iraq was invaded — ostensibly at least — on the merest hint of a suspicion it possessed weapons of mass destruction, an allegation that was later shown to be totally false. Arabs must seriously pursue nuclear programs for peaceful purposes so that they can tap this cheap source of energy. In the coming decades they may well have no other choice. Yet Israel and the West are keeping close tabs on the Arabs, monitoring every statement and every study published on the subject, and they draw no distinction — intentionally — between governments that seek to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and those with ulterior motives.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now urging the US to take action over the newly revealed Iranian nuclear facility. Israel might take matters into its own hands by launching a military attack on any fledgling Iranian nuclear capability in a repeat of its airstrike against the Osiraq reactor in Iraq in 1981.

Israel and the US constantly warn against the supposed threat of Iranian nuclear arms, as though there actually were such things, as opposed to the peril Israeli nuclear weapons, which really do exist, represent.

There is a concerted attempt to stir alarm against a purported Iranian nuclear threat. Its purpose is to divert attention away from the very real threat posed by Israel. Associated Agencies

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