I once thought the best alternative for humanity was equality. What I know is that people and even nations are not equal. There are those with power and those without. If we examine the facts though, what do we get?
Israel wants Iran never to have nuclear weapons, and indeed Iran accepts this as part of the agreement when they joined the Non Proliferation Treaty.
The NPT is often seen to be based on a central bargain: “the NPT non-nuclear-weapon states agree never to acquire nuclear weapons and the NPT nuclear-weapon states in exchange agree to share the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology and to pursue nuclear disarmament aimed at the ultimate elimination of their nuclear arsenals”
Israel does not have to worry about this as Israel does not belong to the treaty (signing not ratified).
Israel, once again is sabre rattling the war drums with Iran, and it seems that every time we hear from them they want war.
Seeking to discourage a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel threatened military action against Iran and dared others to do the same.
“Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly. “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others.”
Gone were the Israeli leader’s usual witty comments – although he is always an interesting orator. And gone was any new commitment or analysis of peace with the Palestinians.
He goes on to say:
“The only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”
In fact there are other notable issues that the rest of the world adheres to, but Israel does not. For instance the countries that actually that admit to having nuclear weapons.
The five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT
United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China
Non-NPT nuclear powers
Pakistan, India, North Korea
And the remainder:
Undeclared nuclear powers
A policy of deliberate ambiguity (also known as a policy of strategic ambiguity) is the practice by a country of being intentionally ambiguous on certain aspects of its foreign policy or whether it possesses certain weapons of mass destruction. It may be useful if the country has contrary foreign and domestic policy goals or if it wants to take advantage of risk aversion to abet a deterrence strategy. Such a policy can be very risky as it may cause misinterpretation of a nation’s intentions, leading to actions that contradict that nation’s wishes.
In this video of nuclear testing, it does not show testing for Israel, so either they have not tested, or another country has tested for them.
This is the position that Israel adopts, and one that must be considered detrimental to the group as a whole, but is accepted, not by nations as a whole but by the US, and forced on other nations as acceptable. The general acceptance appears to be at least in one respect, because the US refuses to ratify the agreement (and is the only main player not to do so).
Israel for their part use this as a basis as to why they need not even acknowledge actually having a weapon at all even though they have approximately 100-200 weapons.
Iran for their part is a full party to the NPT, and claims that the moving of goal posts by inspectors inspired by the US, is unethical, and for the most part have stayed within the confines of legislation, and do not have nuclear weapons. Israel do not, and will not let arms inspectors into the country.
The obvious problem here is that a member of the NPT is not only being penalized for being a member, it is also being threatened by countries in and outside the NPT, which cannot instill confidence in the system.
If there is one thing that would motivate Iran to actually go to the step of making an atomic bomb, and have full capability of delivery, may be the constant threats of attack by other nations. or even an attack itself.