US urged to stop supporting Israel
The United States has been urged to stop supporting Israel’s secret nuclear programs and to compel Tel Aviv to allow international inspections of its nuclear facilities.
Arab League countries have put pressure on Washington and its allies to take a stand against Israel’s nuclear program, diplomats told the Associated Press on Sunday.
The Israeli regime is widely believed to have nuclear weapons but refuses to confirm or deny its possession of an atomic arsenal.
The latest appeal is contained in an August 8 letter signed by Arab League chief Amr Moussa.
An attached draft of the resolution expresses “concern” about Israel’s nuclear program, urges it to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and to open its atomic activities to outside inspection.
The Belgian Embassy in Cairo forwarded the letter and the draft to Belgian Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere, who currently holds the rotating European Union presidency.
The letter was also sent to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of Russia, China, Britain and France; the four other permanent UN Security Council members, said diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assembly passed a resolution, criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years.
At the September meeting of the IAEA, the Arab League directly approached Washington and other Israeli allies to end their support of Israel.
However, US President Barack Obama last month warned against using the 150-nation IAEA conference to single out Israel.
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to “work together to oppose efforts to single out Israel.”