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Aug 13, 2010

American Support of Israel’s Nuclear Strategy in the Middle East

Recently, the Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal protested the new policy of the International Atomic Energy Agency's support of Israel. The agency has been providing the Israeli government with technical nuclear support, despite the fact that Israel has refused to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Also, Israel has refused to let the international nuclear agency inspect its nuclear facilities.

It seems to me that after all these years, Arab politicians have failed to learn a lesson from their negative experience with Western powers in general and the U.S. government in particular. Israel has been dictating its policies regarding issues pertinent to the Middle East with total support from the U.S. government, leading Israel to act as though they are above the law.

The Israeli pressure on the U.S. to stop Jordan from enriching its own uranium for its proposed nuclear reactor is a clear example of Israeli influence. The Emirates, who are building a nuclear reactor, caved to American pressure and signed an agreement to buy the enriched fuel from western consortium. Other Arab states that are in the process of building their own nuclear reactors, such as Egypt and Kuwait, have refused to sign a similar agreement to buy instead of enriching their own nuclear fuel. They are entitled to do so according to the International Nuclear Treaty. However, the U.S. has been an advocate of Israel nuclear strategy on a steady basis.

The Saudi government, which already announced their intention of building a nuclear reactor for peaceful means, didn't declare publicly if they will cave to American government pressure to purchase fuel or if they will enrich their own. The final decision of the Saudi and Egyptian governments will be interesting to the Arab world as a whole. The oil producing countries have more leverage than the U.S. government and they should insist on enriching their own nuclear fuel, rather than buy it and be at the mercy of the Western Nuclear Consortium. The Arab Oil Consortium could generate the influence in the West to stop Israel pressure on the U.S., which is doing Israel's dirty work. Israel strategy, which dates back more than half a century, has been consistent in preventing not only Arab states but other states in the region from acquiring nuclear technology. This strategy will provide Israel with the power to intimidate other states in the region, since it is the only government with a nuclear arsenal. The Israeli military power has been an effective means of intimidating others in the region. Furthermore, the Israeli pressure, which is applied on the U.S. to bomb Iran nuclear facilities, is a clear-cut example. It has been reported that, "On July 22, 2010, 47 members of the house of representatives introduced a resolution (H.RES.1553) expressing support for "Israel's right" to use "All means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats" posed by Iran, "including the use of military force." (www.justforeignpolicy.org, 8/16/2010).

This is an attempt on the part of some Israel’s puppets to enhance a political campaign to justify an Israeli and American military attack on Iran. These members of the House have failed to learn a lesson from the Iraqi War, which has been classified as a disaster for both the U.S. and the Iraqi people. The only way to stop the spread of W.M.D. is to turn the Middle East into a region free from nuclear arsenal. Would the Israel’s puppets support such an idea?

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