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Friday, September 24, 2010

Breaking: IAEA votes NOT to call on Israel to join

Israel Radio's 3:00 news just reported that the IAEA has rejected an Egyptian resolution demanding that Israel join the IAEA, and submit its nuclear reactor (pictured) to IAEA inspections. The vote was 51-46 against the Egyptian resolution.

The newscast said that "many countries" had decided to change their vote in the last 24 hours.

My guess is that's the quid pro quo for a 'settlement freeze' extension of some sort.

But we wait and see.


JPost has a slightly different take on the count.

Reuters reports the story with far less detail here.
Of nations present, 51 voted against a resolution called "Israeli Nuclear Capabilities." Fifty-one voted for, and 23 abstained. The rest were absent.

The vote was closely watched after last year's meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency passed the same resolution by a small margin.

The US and other allies of Israel had argued passage would threaten ongoing Mideast peace talks and the chances of a planned 2012 conference on a Mideast nuclear-free zone. Islamic nations and their supporters said the resolution was meant to move chances of creating such a zone forward.

Prior to the vote, Israel warned the IAEA against accepting the Arab-sponsored resolution urging Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to open its nuclear activities to inspection, Reuters reported on Friday.

During a debate at the annual assembly of the UN's nuclear watchdog in Vienna, an Israeli delegate, Ehud Azoulay, stated that the resolution could deal a "fatal blow" to future cooperation on boosting Middle East security.

Egypt accused Israel on Wednesday of displaying "chutzpah" — blatant shamelessness — in unusually harsh comments at a 151-nation meeting on the issue of a nuclear-free Mideast.


At 6:23 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

We can what a "friend" of Israel Egypt has really been and just how much the peace treaty is worth.


But Israel's dhimmi Jewish leadership won't see, hear or accept that the world has changed and Israel needs to move on.

At 1:37 AM, Blogger HaShaliach said...

Since the PA requires at least one precondition before any solid piece talks can take place, and Israel requires that there be no preconditions before substantive takes can take place, let’s compromise! Israel will give a 'non-precondition' indefinite extension to a building freeze in the disputed territories, and the PA will give an unqualified, 'non-precondition' recognition that Israel is a sovereign Jewish State, for an indefinite period of time. Now, let the negations begin.

Gee, now, wasn’t that easy?


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