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U.S.-India Nuclear Deal Sparks Israeli Interest, Underscores Unjust Foreign Policy

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The Associated Press reports that the United States’ singular deal with India— which bypasses international agreements on nuclear proliferation, allowing India to enjoy nuclear power without being a signatory of a non-proliferation agreement and without subjecting itself to IAEA inspections—has attracted the interest of Israel.

Both the U.S. and Israel have heavily criticized the Iranian government’s ambitions to develop peaceful nuclear energy. Pakistan, India, and Israel—all allies of the United States—are known to possess nuclear weapons capability outside of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, with Israel steadfastly refusing to declare its arsenal, to the dismay of many Arab states.

The Israeli government has submitted papers to the 45-nation NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) requesting “Nuclear Collaboration with non-NPT States.”

“Israel’s proposal demonstrates the danger of making exemptions for individual countries,” said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association.

At the recent IAEA conference in Vienna, only the U.S. and Israel voted against a resolution critical of the Jewish state’s refusal to place its nuclear program under international review. Thusfar, the U.S. State Department has hinted opposition to the Israeli proposal, but the decision will ultimately be made by the NSG.

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  1. Bluebear2 said, on 9/28/07 at 5:18 pm

    The hypocrisy runs deep!

    OT: You’re being added as my one in-country sister site, if that’s okay.

    Of course it’s OK and I have returned the favor.
    (Still thinking about a catch phrase.)

  2. Curtis said, on 9/28/07 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks very much, BB, and I’m sure you’ll think of something cool. If all else fails, try “Because Chuck Norris said so.” lol.


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