Netanyahu pointing tough good 311.
(photo credit: AP)
Prime Minister’s office on Saturday called the resolution adopted by the
NPT Review Conference on a nuclear free Middle East in 2012
“deeply flawed and hypocritical,” saying it “ignores the realities of
the Middle East and the real threats facing the region and the entire
The resolution singles out Israel, calling on it to
accede to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and to allow
inspection of its nuclear sites.
By focusing on the Middle East’s only true democracy and by blatantly ignoring the very
real threat posed by Iran, which is racing to develop nuclear weapons
and openly threatens to wipe Israel off the map, the resolution sets regional security back, Israel responded.
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real problem with Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East does
not relate to Israel but to those countries that have signed the Nuclear
Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and brazenly violated it – Iraq under
Sadam, Libya, Syria and Iran,” the response stressed.
non-signatory state of the NPT, Israel is not obligated by the decisions
of this Conference, which has no authority over Israel. Given the
distorted nature of this resolution, Israel will not be able to take
part in its implementation,” the statement concluded.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will discuss this issue with US President
Barack Obama on his upcoming visit to Washington this Tuesday, especially in light of clarifications the US issued immediately following
the resolution’s adoption, referring to Obama's criticism of Israel's
mention by name in the resolution.
189 member nations of the NPT adopted a detailed plan of
toward nuclear disarmament on
Friday, including a sharply debated proposal to move
toward banning the doomsday arms from the Middle East.
In the end, the singling out of Israel remained in the text, and US
Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher said that would "seriously
jeopardize" US efforts to persuade the Israelis to attend 2012 talks.