Arab push to pressure Israel thwarted at UN nuclear watchdog

September 17, 2015 21:18

VIENNA - An Arab bid to pressurize Israel over its nuclear facilities failed on Thursday after Washington and other powers united to reject it at the UN atomic watchdog's annual gathering.

The extent of the rejection - with a larger number of 'no's than a similar vote last year - will reassure Israel, whose relationship with the United States and other traditional allies has been strained by their support for a nuclear settlement with its enemy Iran.

The Prime Minister's Office described the rejection of the motion - which called on Israel to join a global anti-nuclear weapons pact - as a "great victory" for its diplomatic efforts.

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