Wednesday, June 2, 2010

US Backs UN Resolution For a Nuclear-Free Middle East Singling Out Israel

This can be looked at from two very different perspectives. The first is that it is another slight at Israel and further evidences of a rapidly deteriorating relationship between what used to be two very strong allies. The second is that the move is political cover for the United States to take a stronger stance against Iran's nuclear ambitions. Given the history of both, it seems the former is closer to the truth.

"Washington's unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally.

The resolution adopted by the United Nations on Friday calls on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and urges it to open its facilities to inspection.
The document, which singles out Israel but makes no mention of Iran's controversial nuclear programme, drew a furious reaction from the Jewish state who decried it as "deeply flawed and hypocritical."

But it was US backing for the resolution which has caused the most consternation among Israeli officials and commentators, who interpreted the move as "a resounding slap around the face" which has dealt a very public blow to Israel's long-accepted policy of nuclear ambiguity.

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