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Is a Nuclear-Free Middle East Possible?

World  (tags: israel, iran, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', middle-east, GoodNews )

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Israel and Iran are participating in informal nuclear non-proliferation talks in Brussels, according to reports in a British newspaper. Representatives from the US, the EU and about 10 Arab states are also attending what is being billed as an "academic"


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Barbara W (342)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 8:07 pm
The informal meetings are taking place on the sidelines of an international conference on non-proliferation.

But that has not stopped speculation about more substantive contact in the near future.

The delegations are being led by senior officials with government backing. The newspaper says the objective is to lay the groundwork for a full international conference on banning nuclear arms from the Middle East.

In September 2012, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, told the UN General Assembly that Iran could be in a position to make a nuclear bomb by the middle of next year. He said a message needed to be sent:

"A red line should be drawn right here ... before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment ... necessary to make a bomb."

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, reacted to Netanyahuís red line, saying:

"Why war? Whoever talks of war is condemned. Suddenly their psychological war was undermined, they are now nervous. Red line, white line, black line and the like is for children. This is the level of this guy's character. It appeared that his drawing was not good. He got it drawn by a machine. His drawing will get better if he practices more."

So, how serious are Israel and Iran on ensuring a nuclear-free Middle East?" More at link...

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 8:30 pm
In one word - NO! As long as Israel remains as aggressive as it is, and treats the Palestinians in the manner it does, no one will feel safe unless they have the power to eliminate an unruly neighbor. Sad, but that is truly my opinion on the title of this article.

Paulo R (13)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 8:38 pm
Is a Nuclear-Free Middle East Possible? No. Israel, an undeclared nuclear power, will never give up their weapons. Why should they? Look at the threat from their neighbors. Iím actually surprised they have not bombed nuclear sites in Iran like they did in Iraq (1981) and Syria (2007). A greater threat would be Pakistan with over 100 nuclear weapons or the nuclear black market in Russia. Iran will not stop their nuclear weapons program and Israel will certainly bomb Iran for it. It is not a question of ďifĒ but ďwhenĒ.

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 9:01 pm
The Israeli's cannot stop themselves from ripping off the Palestinians at every juncture. Talk nuclear peace, considerations, with Iran, etc., while abuse of power, aimed at the Palestinians, goes on and on and on and on..
"JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel has announced plans to press ahead with the construction of 1,213 homes on annexed West Bank land, defying international opposition to its settlement policies. The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem. "

Israel advances plans for 1,213 new settlement homes

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 9:26 pm
agree with Carrie and of course \Barbara, if there are threats from Israel, or even the US, other countries will not give up their weapons

Paulo R (13)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 12:53 pm
Carrie + Barbara,
I couldnít agree with you more. Iím surprised the Pro-Israeli PC Brigade hasnít arrived to defend their cause yet. Anyone who has ever visited Jerusalem can attest to the appalling treatment of Arabs by Jews in that part of the world. I noticed that views such as ours here on Care2 donít seem to be very popular, but frankly Iím tired of reading all the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim posts on this site (Iím not even a Muslim). Also, as a taxpaying American, I think the US should stop supporting Israel with $3 billion dollars in grants every year.
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