Skip to comments.State Dept. Calls on Israel to “Foreswear” Nuclear Arms
Posted on 04/03/2005 9:48:32 AM PDT by Nachum
In a move that could curtail Israeli power in the Middle East, the US is calling on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and forego the use and stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Twice in the past two weeks, State Department officials have compared Israels status as a nuclear power with that of India and Pakistan, calling on all three nations to give up their nuclear arms.
The statements were made by two mid-level State Department Officials, ahead of the NPT Review Conference, scheduled to open in New York on May 2.
The purpose of the conference is to evaluate implementation of the NPT and determine its future course. The officials comments regarding Israels weapons capability were made, apparently, in order to put the issue of Israels nukes on the conferences agenda. The comments appeared to deviate from Bush Administration policy, which up to now, refrained from using terminology that confirms Israels status as a nuclear nation.
The most recent statement came from Jackie Wolcott Sanders, the presidents representative for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. In an essay titled How to Strengthen the NPT Sanders mentions Israel, along with India and Pakistan, within the context of enforcing universal NPT adherence, but adds that its not likely in the foreseeable future.
The Review Conference should reinforce the goal of universal NPT adherence and reaffirm that India, Israel and Pakistan may join the NPT only as non-nuclear-weapon states. Just as South Africa and Ukraine did in the early 1990s, these states would have to forswear nuclear weapons and accept IAEA safeguards on all nuclear activities to join the treaty. At the same time, we recognize that progress toward universal adherence is not likely in the foreseeable future, writes Sanders.
She adds, The United States continues to support the goals of the Middle East resolution adopted at the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference, including the achievement of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
Another statement, using similar language, was made by Mark Fitzpatrick, acting deputy assistant secretary for nuclear proliferation, on March 17, at a Meeting of the Organization of American States Committee on Hemispheric Security, in Washington, D.C. He also held the status of Israels nuclear armaments on a par with those of Pakistan and India:
The Conference should also reinforce the goal of universal NPT adherence and reaffirm that India, Israel and Pakistan may join the NPT only as non-nuclear-weapon states. Just as South Africa and Ukraine did in the early 1990s, these states should forswear nuclear weapons and accept IAEA safeguards on all nuclear activities.
Fitzpatricks comments regarding Israel were made just after proclaiming, Iran and North Korea must not be permitted to violate the NPT without consequences.
The statements of the two officials contrast with President Bushs own reference to the NPT in a speech he made on March 7 when he called for enforcing the treatys provisions on NPT members, which conveniently include both Iran and North Korea. Bush did not refer to his policy regarding non-member states, which include Israel, Pakistan, and India.
The U.S. State Department has often taken pro-Arab positions on the Arab-Israeli dispute over the years, and has been wary of projecting Israeli power in the Middle East.
Sometimes the departments positions ostensibly contradict those of the president. For example, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice recently declared in two separate newspaper interviews that President Bush did not make any guarantees to Israel regarding Israels right to retain certain settlement blocs as part of a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians. The president purported to make such promises to Israel in a letter he wrote to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last spring, but the interpretation of Bushs statements have been the subject of much controversy, some of it spurred on by State Department officials.
Fat chance, suckers.
If I were Israel, I'd answer with Charlton Heston's line: "You can have my nukes when you take them from my cold, dead fingers". Let's face it, if Israel didn't have the nuclear edge, they'd be cold and dead by now anyway.
What are we doing?!!! Democracies do not attack their neighbors and Israel is a Democracy!
Israel get rid of the nukes, Iran getting rid of theirs because Israel is? There must be some Dem appeasers left at state.
Suicide by Israel? I don't think so!
Somehow I don't see Israel giving up it's Nukes. What is interesting is that none of these comments have come from Condi. But from others in the embedded bureaucracy of State. Hmmn... Perhaps some house cleaning is in order?
Words without meaning...you might as well ask Israel to deny the holocaust.
My thoughts exactly.
Maybe Sandy Burglar could stuff 'em all in his trousers, and they'd disappear.
Nothing like having friendly neighbors...
The State Department should be asked foreswear its long entrenched Arabists.
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Adolf H. was chosen in democratic elections.
It's only proper that the US should be advocating non-proliferation and a nuclear free Middle East, it's the only consistent standpoint to take.
Why is Bush turning his back on Israel?? Something's going on, and, Bush IS NOT what he seems. Clintoon would have been "crucified" for suggesting Israel do this , not to mention promoting a Philistine state in the middle of Israel!!
The US and Israel walk hand in hand, and if Israel is to give up her nukes, then it should be professed that the US does the same.
It "ain't" gonna happen.
Bush hasn't spoken on this issue yet....
Oop's, sorry I had a gnat on my screen.
There she is!
By having surrogates say the things you want to, but can't, that has been the way of leaders forever. This is Bush policy, handed down to Condi and mouthed by those charged to do so.
Great photo ;)
This is something that I personally have first hand knowledge of. Individuals within our State department and career diplomats who are willing to do anything in their power to discredit the Bush administration. Why are these people still employed? Have we got a deathwish or something? "
Death wish? One would think so. And based on my conversations with 2 State Department career employees who lived next door to my hotel(Lanson Place, 1 Jalan Ampang Hilir), I would guarantee it.
For the record: I shamelessly 'stole' the map in #15 from IAF ThunderPilot. :)
Yep,Hitler was elected democratically alright,but he dismantled Germany's democratic institutions before doing the things that made him (in)famous.There is a world of difference from being elected democratically & running a functioning democracy.
I was already planning to sue you, but it won't be needed :)
I think they should worry about Pakistan (MUCH MORE than is evident). I don't think there is much reason to fear Israel selling nuke tech to Iran for example. I also don't think there is much chance that an unfriendly goverment will take control of Israel's nukes and use them against, or sell them to others to be used against us.
You still stay there now?
You know it won't happen;). On a different note, I see from your about page that you are not flying F-16's, is that a Kfir? I worked at Base 1 and Base 4 in the late '80's and I thought they refered to Kfir pilots as "ThunderPilots".
" The US and Israel walk hand in hand, and if Israel is to give up her nukes, then it should be professed that the US does the same.
It "ain't" gonna happen."
Well, the US is a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty, which commits them to doing that. I don't see any way that a solution to the various Middle East problems could not include ensuring that it is a nuclear weapon free zone.
No. I lived there all of 2003, and part of 2004. I bought a condo under construction across from the Petronas Towers. I should be moved in by June. I am currently in Ventura, Ca.
Trust but verify?
Second verse same as the first!
Disgruntled Clinton holdovers spouting off. Condi needs to go down there and kick their butts.
Uh--We will if you will might be a more appropriate line. And that's the line the Israelis should use to us.
All this demonstrates is that the hypocritical world prefers its Jews dead. After the U.S. gives up the last of its nuclear weapons and its been verified that the mass murdering nations have done the same and there is peace on earth for ten years, only then should anyone have the chutzpah to talk to Israel about giving up its nukes.
Israel's nukes are a factor that promotes peace.
Im sure you need someone to help look after the condo don't you? *wink* *wink*
You are right. The United States needs a peaceful Middle East to ensure a steady oil supply. We should force Israel to give up its nukes or cut off the billions we give them each year.
To be honest, if I can drum up enough business in KL
over the next year, I may stay there permanently.You could always stay there when I travel though. I have several good friends and business associates in KL. I have been reading your blog for several months now, and I will contact you when I get there.
& how much oil does the US get from the M.E??
I hope you like the blog. it is a passion of mine now - if it paid I would be at full time - I just wish I had more time to dedicate to it. I still manage to update daily almost.
Look forward to seeing you when you come. Don't forget good tequila.
Shouldn't france and germany be tinted green?
There is only one solution to a peaceful Middle East, and in fact peace in at least 11 other parts of the world. Peace can happen within 24 hours of the day the Islamic world rejects its culture of hate and death.
Your willingness to expect the same standards of conduct from US ally as from terrorist nations is disturbing.
Maybe you can find some justification for Al Jazeera for your reasoning, since you find AJ so enthralling.
Most figures I have seen put the number at about 25% of our oil imports, with Europe being much higher. The fact is that over 60% of the world's proven oil reserves are in the Middle East...makes it kinda an important area don't you think?? I don't drive an SUV, but I still need to get to work every day.