Skip to comments.Putin: 'Israel's nuclear weapons just make it a target'
Posted on 09/19/2013 2:03:31 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Israels alleged nuclear weapons stockpile only serves to make the Jewish state a target and creates foreign policy problems.
Putins comments, reported by AFP, came in response to questions from reporters on the US and Russia-brokered deal to put Syrias chemical weapons arsenal under international supervision.
According to AFP, Putin said that Syria had developed chemical weapons as an alternative to the nuclear weapons of Israel.
The Russian president claimed that the technical advantage of Israel we need to say this directly is such that it doesnt need nuclear weapons. Israel is already in a technical military sense several heads above the countries in the region.
Putin added that nuclear weapons just make it a target. They just create foreign policy problems.
The chemical weapons deal with Syria has increased pressure on Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Some 190 states have joined the NPT, whose goal is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.
Of the worlds nuclear powers, only four have not joined the treaty. Of these, India, Pakistan and North Korea have all openly tested nuclear weapons. Israel continues with its policy of nuclear ambiguity.
Israel has refused to sign the NPT despite pressure from the international community.
However, when it comes to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the country might be more flexible.
Israel has an interest in a chemical free zone as opposed to a nuclear-free zone, Eitan Barak, a professor of international relations from Hebrew University said.
That would leave Israel with its alleged monopoly on nuclear weapons, he said.
The state has always kept a low profile when it comes to its own chemical weapons program. They signed the CWC in 1982 but never ratified it, which means that Israel considers itself bound by the spirit of the treaty, but not legally obligated to observe it.
The main pretext for Israels refusal to ratify the treaty was the Syrian arsenal, Eitan Barak, a professor of international relations from Hebrew University, told The Media Line. Israel says Syria is a neighboring country, hostile, with a large arsenal of chemical weapons and we need to be able to retaliate.
He said that given Israels pharmaceutical success, it is likely that the state has a significant arsenal of these armaments. Local officials say that efforts to force it to join the CWC are duplicitous.
Israel needs its weapons a lot more than Russia does, what with its immense size and weather advantages ( ask Napoleon or hitler for that mAtter)
Well, at least we now have an inkling of what the endgame might be. But no one fret, Putin is anti-homo.
Israel doesn’t need nuclear weapons like I don’t need a gun.
EVERYONE who wants to disarm you, wants to do it because they mean you harm.
“The Russian president claimed that the technical advantage of Israel we need to say this directly is such that it doesnt need nuclear weapons. Israel is already in a technical military sense several heads above the countries in the region.
Isn’t that nice, despite the fact that Iran is going full bore with nukes and has called for the annihilation of Israel and Syria had a nuclear program, there is no need for Israel to have nukes because they are so technically advanced in conventional weapons. Well by that logic Russia doesn’t need nukes either and should destroy them post haste.
Isreal is a target to future parking lots..
Them “Hebs” wouldn’t hesitate a New York minute before clearing any attackers get-a-long..
and probably any of their allies.... if they got uppity..
Geez, Vlad, just when you were gaining some respect and now this.
Gosh, Vladimir Vladimirovich, Israel is a target anyway.
Wear a hat Pooty, no one will notice the point.
This is presumably why Putin has a plan to unilaterally eliminate Russia’s nuclear arms. (Not holding my breath).
putin must think we are idiots, and why not... we elected the won and reelected him... this is going to get bad.
Israel With Nukes
Israel Without Nukes
As we have seen over and over, Israel is always a target. Nukes make Israel a very dangerous target for its irrational Islamic neighbors who aren’t capable of reasonable thought.
I wish someone would ask Putin if he thinks Russia’s nukes are what made Beslan a target.
Is there really anyone out there who believes that Israel would NOT be a target if they never had nuclear weapons???? Putin jumped the shark?