Volume 35, Issue 1
COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
|One Sided Nuclear Reality In The Middle East|
By Karen Nakamura
in Israel are hypocritically stoking the flames of public option to
make sure the world stays focused on Iran's nuclear program.
Simultaneously, the Israelis refuse to allow the world to examine their
own atomic stockpiles.
Marin's Anna Rogers of the
prestigious Jewish Voice for Peace stated in a missive in December:
"AIPAC [the highly influential American Israel Political Action
Committee that's works hand-in-glove with the Israeli government] is
…very active in supporting a confrontational approach with Iran,
supporting sanctions and threats of military intervention. A sanctions
bill supported by AIPAC …will undermine diplomatic efforts …by the
Obama administration. At the same time, AIPAC opposes a rational
approach to resolving issues regarding nuclear weapons in the Middle
East, including …that Israel become part of the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty, despite Israel's massive nuclear arsenal.
AIPAC also opposes the concept of a nuclear-free Middle East."
That "massive nuclear arsenal" is shrouded in secrecy. Wikipedia
reports: "although no official statistics exist, it's been estimated
that Israel has between 60 to 400 thermonuclear weapons, believed to be
of Teller-Ulam design, including strategic warheads in the
Atomic bombs and Jericho series
IBM's aren't the only weapons of mass destruction Israel is said to be
hiding. There are reputable reports of chemical and biological weapons
programs. For instance, the U.S. Congress Office of Technology
Assessment stated in 1993 it thought Israel had undeclared chemical and
biological warfare capabilities. Again, in 1998, New Mexico Gov. Bill
Richardson, then US deputy assistant Secretary of Defense and
responsible for chemical and biological weapons, said he had no doubt
"Israel has worked on both chemical and biological offensive things for
a long time There's no doubt they've had the stuff for years."
That makes Israel a factor in any negotiations with Iran. Not only does
Israel have nuclear armaments, it's a common belief that if Iran
doesn't stop nuclear construction then the West won't be able to keep
Israel from bombing Iran's nuclear sites. Israel is reported to be
giving the US until January to sanction Iran or it will step up plans
to bomb Iran's known nuclear sites. Dan Senor, co-author of "Start-up
Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle" even suggested on CNN
that Israel would end negotiations with Palestine if sanctions weren't
applied to Iran.
Ha'aretz newspaper reported May 19,
2009 that an unnamed official in the Netanyahu administration, when
asked about President Obama overtures to Iran, said: 'Israel will have
to take on Iran alone once Obama's efforts fail." The same official
stated Obama's engagement with Iran "would force Israel to make a
'difficult decision' on the matter by the end of 2009."
The House passed a sanctions bill in mid-December. In the meantime,
talking heads debate whether Iran has diversified its nuclear sites
enough to withstand an Israeli aerial bombardment. Israel's blotted
arsenal is the sledgehammer it holds over the Middle East. Is it any
wonder Iran is building its defenses? Wouldn't it be failing its people
if it didn't?
Accusations of Israeli's militarily
aggressive nature are more than born out with its expansionist wars in
Palestine and Lebanon and the bombing of Syria. Even President Obama
was forced to deny Israel safe passage through Iraq airspace so it
could bomb Iran. To say Israel is trigger-happy is an understatement.
Consider then that Israel has never allowed the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEI) to inspect their facilities nor has it signed the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It also refuses any call for an
accounting of its WMD. In fact, any Israeli expert who speaks publicly
about its nuclear program is tried for treason. This policy was
enforced when Israeli anti-war activist Mordechai Vanunu was kidnapped
in London by Israeli secret police and returned to Israel to serve a
Joseph Cirincione, co-author of
the Carnegie Institute's report, "Universal Compliance: A Strategy for
Nuclear Security" reported in the Globalist Perspective in March of
2005 that while Washington was pressuring the IAEA to find Iran in
breach of its pledges not to develop nuclear weapons, "no one in
Washington wanted to talk about Israeli's nuclear weapons facilities."
Nothing has changed since but those facilities are the 400-pound
gorilla in the room. Cirincione went on: "Even if democratic
transformations sweep the Middle East, a new Iraq and a new Iran would
still want nuclear weapons as long as Israel has them. In fact, the
world does well to remember that most of the Middle East weapons
programs began as a response to Israel's development of nuclear
Israel plays coy about having nuclear
weapons, (even though American taxpayers are paying through the nose
for them), neither confirming nor denying it has chemical or biological
weapons, even to the point of signing the Chemical Weapons Convention
Treaty but not ratifying it. Nor has it signed the Biological Weapons
Convention agreements. It does, however, attend any number of meetings
including a conference in Cairo in September 2009 sponsored by the
International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
Both Iran and Israel sent representatives.
bottom-line is that Israel wants the Arab world to lay down its arms
and surrender to Israel's dictation. This is stressed in Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence that any final settlement
includes the complete demilitarization of Palestine while Israel can
continue to build its bloated military.
Zionist Judge Goldstone's United Nation report on Israeli war crimes in
Gaza, and other Zionists taking a more pragmatic position, Zionism is
now left of the Netanyahu government. The seizure of Greater Israel
(i.e. Judah and Samaria which encompass the West Bank) no longer
appears to be enough. If it were, Israel would never have occupied
Lebanon, grabbed Syrian lands and continue to occupy Palestine.
If Israel truly desired a just peace, it would have adopted a Good
Neighbor Policy long ago instead of waving nuclear weapons around and
laying down wave after wave of white phosphorus on the civilian
population of Gaza. Actions speak louder than words.
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