Shalom Life | October 31, 2014

Israel Rejects Offer to Join UN Atomic Agency

UN warns this move is against Israel’s interest.

By: Bev Spritzer

Published: September 21st, 2010 in News » World

Israel Rejects Offer to Join UN Atomic Agency

According to the nuclear chief of the UN’s atomic agency, it is against Israel’s interest not to join, AFP reported on Tuesday.

Arab states have put forth a resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) annual conference in Vienna for Israel to disarm and sign up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“Israel is not the only member state ... that has exercised its sovereign right not to accede to the NPT due to its national security considerations,” Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission chief Shaul Chorev said.

“Yet Israel is the only state that has been singled out, and is called upon to take a decision which is against its best national interests,” he said at the conference.

“Indeed, the advancement of states’ accessions to international treaties does not fall within the mandate of the (IAEA),” he continued.

Israel is currently the only state in the Middle East believed to possess nuclear weapons.

Chorev said the resolution put forth by the Arab states was part of a “political campaign to defame the state of Israel”.

It was “incompatible with basic principles and norms of international law and does not fall within the mandate of the agency as defined in its statute,” he added.

“Moreover, this resolution ... ignores the adverse reality in the Middle East region,” Chorev said.

He said that Middle East states such as Iran, Syria, Libya and Iraq under Saddam Hussein -- all signatories to the NPT -- had “grossly violated their treaty obligations.”

“These four cases make it absolutely clear that the NPT is unable to adequately address the security challenges in the Middle East region where the treaty has been most abused,” Chorev said.

“The serious threat to the NPT and the non-proliferation regime is posed from within by those states that pursue nuclear weapons under the cover of their NPT membership.”

The resolution put forth by the Arab states is expected to be further debated on Thursday, AFP reported.

Birthright Honeymoons To Israel Are Now A Thing Birthright Honeymoons To Israel Are Now A Thing TrendingThis Israeli Prison Hosted a Fashion Show for its Inmates This Israeli Prison Hosted a Fashion Show for its Inmates TrendingHaaretz Publish Cartoon Depicting Netanyahu as Pilot Behind 9/11 Attacks Haaretz Publish Cartoon Depicting Netanyahu as Pilot Behind 9/11 Attacks Trending
 

Chelsea Handler Mocks Vladimir Putin With Topless Photo

October 31, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Chelsea Handler Mocks Vladimir Putin With Topless Photo

The comedian posted a hilarious photo mocking the Russian president on his horse.

Read More

Hulu Orders Comedy Series From Jason Reitman

October 31, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Hulu Orders Comedy Series From Jason Reitman

'Casual' follows a brother and sister raising a child together.

Read More

Sarah Silverman Receives "Woman of Vision" Award

October 31, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Sarah Silverman Receives "Woman of Vision" Award

The comedian was honored at the Adrienne Shelly Foundation event last week.

Read More

Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart Star in 'Comedians in Cars' First Look Trailer [VIDEO]

October 31, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart Star in 'Comedians in Cars' First Look Trailer [VIDEO]

Jerry Seinfeld shares that the trailer is his favorite part of the show.

Read More

Latvian Musical About A Nazi War Criminal Causes Uproar

October 31, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Latvian Musical About A Nazi War Criminal Causes Uproar

A new musical celebrating Herbert Cukurs, deputy to the leader of the Arajs Commando during the Holocaust, is being met with rightful criticism

Read More

The Israel Association of Baseball Launches Their First Ever Baseball Academy

October 31, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
The Israel Association of Baseball Launches Their First Ever Baseball Academy

Ten players between the ages of 14 and 21 will be selected annually to participate in the academy, and participate in a grueling, one year intensive training program

Read More

Birthright Honeymoons To Israel Are Now A Thing

October 31, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Birthright Honeymoons To Israel Are Now A Thing

Honeymoon Israel hopes to bring North American newlyweds on a near fully subsidized trip to Israel to help keep the Jewish faith alive

Read More

Dry California Welcomes Israeli Water Expert

October 31, 2014 | By Abigail Klein Leichman
Dry California Welcomes Israeli Water Expert

'As an issue of national security, Israel has successfully made itself water independent,' says California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird

Read More

More Headlines