The UN General Assembly has voted to demand that Israel open its nuclear plants up to UN inspection and join the NPT, and then presumably disarm itself.
The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled.
All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn’t take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran’s defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel’s refusal to attend.
The resolution, approved Monday by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty “without further delay” and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Those voting “no” were Israel, the U.S., Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.
Note how the AP explains the non-binding resolution.
Resolutions adopted by the 193-member General Assembly are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political weight.
The moral and political weight of a UN resolution–wow, that’s one heavy burden to bear, coming from the organization that did nothing about the Rwanda massacres, did nothing about the mass starvation and prison camps in North Korea, is doing almost nothing about Syria, and spends its time chastising Israel.
And here, they point out that Israel isn’t the only state with nuclear weapons, but we have no reference to the sanctions on North Korea nor the state of near-nuclear war that India and Pakistan once reached. No, only Israel–which has never exploded a nuclear bomb–must be hit with the full “moral and political weight” of a worthless, non-binding UN General Assembly resolution.
Israel refuses to confirm or deny it has nuclear bombs though it is widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal. It has refused to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, along with three nuclear weapon states — India, Pakistan and North Korea.
Here would have been a good place to mention the history of those other three nations, with perhaps a reference to the binding UN Security Council resolutions sanctioning North Korea. But wait, it gets better. The AP actually quotes a Syrian diplomat on peace. Yes, really. A representative of the nation that has murdered over 40,000 of its own people, including tens of thousands of women and children, is being quoted on the subject of Mideast peace.
Syrian diplomat Abdullah Hallak told the assembly his government was angry that the conference wasn’t going to take place because of “the whim of just one party, a party with nuclear warheads.”
“We call on the international community to put pressure on Israel to accept the NPT, get rid of its arsenal and delivery systems, in order to allow for peace and stability in our region,” he said.
Presumably after giving that quote, the diplomat collapsed into giggles.
By the way, the Obama Administration stabbed Israel in the back over this one. You have to read to the very end of the article to get this.
While the United States voted against the resolution, it voted in favor of two paragraphs in it that were put to separate votes. Both support universal adherence to the NPT, and call on those countries that aren’t parties to ratify it “at the earliest date.” The only “no” votes on those paragraphs were Israel and India.
Exit statement: 21 out of 25 UN resolutions this session have been about Israel.