In an article that seems confusing, Edith M. Lederer, an Associated Press Writer writes “Israel Key to Conference on Banning Nuclear Arms.” The discussion is regarding an entire ban on nuclear weapons in the Mideast. The article indicates the Arab Nations have been working on the United States for 15 years to get a nuclear ban in the Mideast and the United States has approved it. The article goes on to say that Israel has rejected the resolution.
However, she goes on to say in what appears to me to be a total turn about that the United States actually seems to be backtracking to place several conditions on moving ahead with an agreement.
There is suspicion that all countries are not interested. It seems to be Iran that the United States believes is trying to pursue a nuclear weapons program. Of course the Arab nations have singled out Israel as a country who will not participate. Doesn’t this seem like hypocrisy? This is an Arab proposal and is designed to get Israel to give up their arsenal of nuclear warheads suggested to be eighty. However, at the same time Iran has been anything but cooperative.
So what is the real situation?
In a careful reading of the story it seems that there has not been unconditional support by the United States.
According to Lederer, United States’ Security Adviser Gen. James Jones indicated the U.S. has “serious reservations” about the 2012 conference. He went on to intimate that America will only attend if there is a chance something positive will occur. This hardly seems like total, unreserved support by the United States and further it doesn’t seem to me that Israel is the pivotal key to the situation.
This situation reminds me of the situation in the Korean Peninsula. What everyone wants is peace. However, North Korea continues periodically to cause trouble and maintain what has now become technically a 57-year war.
If the Arab countries as a group were truly interested in getting their nuclear ban, they could get it. On the other side of the coin Israel would not be able to get the same type of success because they are only one country.
I do not claim that Israel cannot be stubborn, I only say that they aren’t the reason this ban isn’t happening.