UN General Assembly Calls for Israel to Get Rid of Its Nuclear Weapons

(Jerusalem Post) Tovah Lazaroff - The UN General Assembly's First Committee voted 152-5 on Friday to call on Israel to dispose itself of all nuclear weapons and place its nuclear sites under the International Atomic Energy Agency's purview. Israel has never admitted to possess nuclear weapons. Countries opposing the resolution included the U.S. and Canada. Another 24 countries abstained, including EU members. The annual resolution submitted by Egypt was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and 19 counties including Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco and the UAE. Israeli deputy ambassador to the UN Michal Maayan said it's impossible to speak of a regional security architecture around the nuclear issue in a situation where Middle East countries do not recognize Israel's right to exist. Moreover, "for decades now, Iran has been rapidly advancing its illicit nuclear programs and currently possesses large quantities of highly enriched nuclear material." In addition, "the existence of undeclared nuclear activities in Syria remains relevant and worrisome."

2022-10-31 00:00:00

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