In an ongoing effort to bring a semblance of armistice in the region the United Nations is sponsoring a conference to establish a nuclear-free Middle East. The conference which is scheduled to take place the end of this year or beginning of 2013 in Finland is to be attended by all states in the region. All states, except for Israel of course. That’s right, Israel, the one and only country that has been up in arms (no pun intended) over the thought of their Persian neighbors possibly conspiring to develop a nuclear weapon. From all points of logic one would think Israel would be eager to attend such a conference. But then again, we are talking about Israel, hence logic has no bearing. Israel after all refuses to sign the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty which Iran, by the way, has. And they never will. Why? Because to do so would relinquish their position as top dog in the region. Currently Israel holds a monopoly on nuclear weaponry in the Middle East. Were Iran or any of the other Arab countries able to gain possession of a nuclear weapon, this would level the playing ground — something Israel is adamantly opposed to. Understandably so — such is the nature of bullies.
Explaining why Israel is in opposition to the conference director of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, Shaul Horev, stated the idea of creating a nuclear-free zone was not feasible now because of the “explosive and hostile situation” in the Middle East. Any deal for a nuclear-free area under the UN Horev claimed would amount to “external coercion”. An interesting choice of words — external coercion — considering the current tug of war we find ourselves engaged in.
So basically Israel’s position is ‘do as I say, not as I do’. How paternalistic of them. Not surprising, however is the blanket silence on the part of everyone from the mainstream media to the world leaders. No one dares to utter a word or question Israel’s arsenal of nuclear weapons or their right to possess them. It’s not even open for discussion. In no interview, discussion, anything when Benjamin Netanyahu is haranguing about red lines and preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon does anyone pose the question, um excuse me Mr. Prime Minister…does Israel have nuclear weapons? Furthermore, if it is acceptable for Israel to have nuclear weapons why can’t Iran or any other country in the region for that matter?
A bit of biblical advice to Israel: first remove the beam from thine own eye, then shalt thy see clearly to remove the mote from thine brother’s.