Israel is concerned that the final resolution of a UN conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) may pressure the Tel Aviv regime into acknowledging its nuclear arsenal, a report says.
The Israeli officials are worried that the NPT Review Conference would ratify a resolution to launch another forum on making the Middle East region free from nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction, said a report by Bloomberg View.
The NPT conference started a month ago in New York and is scheduled to end on Friday.
At the beginning of the conference, Egypt urged another conference on the establishment of a nuclear-free Middle East, saying Israel’s nuclear program should top the meeting’s agenda.
The Egyptian proposal also obviated the need for the Israeli regime to approve the holding of such a forum.
Israel and the United States objected to Cairo’s proposal, saying that the event’s agenda must be approved by all the participating sides, including Tel Aviv.
Earlier in the week, Spain rejected Tel Aviv’s condition and submitted another proposal which empowers UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to decide on the meeting’s agenda in case all the involved sides fail to reach a consensus on the issue.
Israel now fears that the United States would succumb to pressure from the international community and allow the ratification of the anti-Israel resolution.
“Israel is increasingly concerned that the United States is not going to prevent the NPT review conference currently meeting in New York from adopting a resolution on the Middle East that would jeopardize” the regime’s secret nuclear program, Bloomberg View quoted an unnamed Israeli official as saying.
The Israel official added that any such resolution would run counter to “a US commitment made to Israel as publicly stated in 2010 by President Obama and then National Security Adviser James Jones.”
This is while the spokesperson for the US National Security Council has vowed that Washington will never renege on its promises to its staunch ally.
“This administration and this president do not break commitments to our Israeli partners, and any suggestion to the contrary is offensive,” said Bernadette Meehan, adding, “We are working to ensure that it [the resolution] meets our interests and those of Israel.”
The Israeli regime maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear activities and refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections.
Earlier in the month, Israel’s minister of military affairs, Moshe Ya’alon, said Israel might take certain steps against Iran like what the US did in “Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end the fatalities of 200,000.”
Tehran lashed out at Ya’alon’s hostile remarks, saying the threat exposes the regime’s possession of nuclear weapons.
Israel is widely believed to be the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East and has so far blatantly violated the international rules regarding nuclear non-proliferation.
Back in December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and put its nuclear facilities under the safeguard of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency.