14 Apr 2010

Obama and Israel: The nuclear (in)difference

By Marwan Bishara, in Imperium, on April the 13th, 2010

There are a number of reasons why Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, decided not to attend the nuclear summit hosted by Barack Obama, the US president.

They include deteriorating relations with the US over expanding illegal Jewish settlements on occupied lands, a frozen 'peace process', and just bad chemistry between the rightist Israeli leader and the liberal US president.

But more importantly there is no good reason for the Israeli leader to attend.

As one of the few countries that developed nuclear weapons and refuse to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Israel has nothing to gain and much to lose.

Considering its serious breaches, Israel has little to contribute to US efforts on the nuclear front, except to make the concessions it is least willing to.

Rather, Israel has been aggressively making threats against Iran which it accuses of developing nuclear weapons.

Read the rest of Mirwan Bashara's article by clicking on the title...

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