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Middle East Secret Nuke Program!

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 It seems a world leader is culpable in keeping this nuclear weapon program and arsenal secret.  Should we bomb now?

EXCLUSIVE: Obama Agrees To Keep Israel’s Nukes Secret

President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections, three officials familiar with the understanding said.

The officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, said Mr. Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May.

Under the understanding, the U.S. has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which could require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.

Given that Israel has its share of religious fundamentalists that think their mythical invisible friend gave them their land and that they have divine rights to much of the Palestinian territories, I find this as troubling, if not more so, as Iran getting nuclear weapons.  Of course, Iran does not have them but Israel does.  And people wonder why Muslims and Arabs find us hypocritical and operating under a double standard?

Is it hard to  imagine now that this agreement mights seem outrageous to the recipients of our jingoism, hubris and constant threats:

The chief nuclear understanding was reached at a summit between President Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir that began on Sept. 25, 1969. Avner Cohen, author of “Israel and the Bomb” and the leading authority outside the Israeli government on the history of Israel’s nuclear program, said the accord amounts to “the United States passively accepting Israel’s nuclear weapons status as long as Israel does not unveil publicly its capability or test a weapon.”

But stand by to invade Iran if they try to develop nuclear technology.  President Obama gave a speech at the UN citing certain pillars that he felt were fundamental to the future of the United States and the world.  Stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons was foremost among them.  The quoted piece sums it up nicely:

A Senate staffer familiar with the May reaffirmation, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, said, “What this means is that the president gave commitments that politically he had no choice but to give regarding Israel’s nuclear program. However, it calls into question virtually every part of the president’s nonproliferation agenda.The president gave Israel an NPT treaty get out of jail free card.”

Israel, recently accused of committing war crimes in their brutal invasion of Gaza can still be allowed to have a nuclear arsenal and no other country in the region should?   I do not understand why Israel gets a pass and is allowed to operate a secret nuclear program.  I do not understand why we would preach nuclear weapon non proliferation and give a wink and a nod to this secret program.  I do understand why Arab eyes see us as a dishonest partner and possible target of their ire.

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