With last week's overwhelming United Nations General Assembly vote to grant non-member observer state status for Palestine - the US and Israel were two of nine members voting no - still warm, the US and Israel were once again joined at the hip for a number of votes this week.
Once again, the US and Israel were in the minority on Monday for votes on draft resolutions including one on depleted uranium munitions and another decreasing operational readiness of nuclear weapon systems.
Then came the resolution (that passed) on non-proliferation in the Middle East. You guessed it - The elephant in the closet not only voted against the resolution, but Israel's representative pointed fingers at Iran and Syria "due to the clandestine activities [of Iran and Syria] in contravention of their NPT obligations." Of course, Israel isn't even a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and no one has been more "clandestine" in its nuclear weapons activities than Israel (OK, so maybe North Korea).
The vote on Non-Proliferation in the Middle East: 180 - Yes, 2 - No, 2 - Abstain. I shouldn't have to tell you who the two "No" votes were.
This YouTube video has not only Israel's statement on the non-proliferation resolution, but also Iran's and Syria's responses.
That the community of nations is speaking out clearly for non-proliferation and disarmament is important. It is time to bring all pressure to bear on all nuclear weapons states - and not just signatories to the NPT - to begin good-faith negotiations on a binding nuclear weapons convention.
Of course no progress toward a nuclear weapons-free Middle East can be made without Israel's participation. To even begin the conversation necessitates some serious closet cleaning. The US needs to clean out not only its own closet, but Israel's as well. It is the responsibility of the US to open the conversation and debate on Israel's nuclear weapons, and it needs to begin now!
The US needs to stop rubber stamping UN votes regarding Israel. Otherwise, the dream of a nuclear weapons-free Middle East will remain just that - a dream.
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