Monday, June 07, 2010
IAEA expected to take up Israel’s nuclear weapons for the first time
by Larry Geller
It seems all manner of things are now possible. Can we credit the flotilla and those who gave their lives?
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to discuss Israel's nuclear capabilities at its board of governors meeting in Vienna, which began on Monday, for the first time in the history of the agency. [meedan.net, IAEA to discuss Israel's nuclear file for the first time, 6/7/2010]
Follow along with the English/Arabic (translated) discussion that follows the story.
The International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors agreed today to discuss Israel's nuclear capacity at its current session, held in Vienna this week despite the objection of the United States, Canada and the European Union. Attributed ambassadors of these countries objected to the inclusion of an item on the agenda of the Israeli nuclear abilities the meeting that this issue is of a political nature.
Let's face it Israel's nuclear capabilities are the Elephant in the Room. It's colored negotiations from the very start, the unsaid threat. I won't even kvetch about the people pushing it, since they are the ones who have to live close to what is in all probability a nuclear armed and dangerous neighbor.
Still, it's risky business. Hope there are some cool heads and great diplomats running the show.