Israel Will be Present at Nuke Summit

Published: April 9th 2010
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Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor
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According to U.S. President Barack Obama, Israel will still have a presence at the nuclear security summit in DC next week, despite Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision not to attend.


Netanyahu had originally said he would be at the conference in order to underscore the dangers of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons. He retracted this decision, however, because, according to his officials, some nations have planned to use the conference to target Israel for its own nuclear weapons program.


Despite Netanyahu’s absence, however, there will still be a large delegation flown in from Jerusalem, the Obama administration had said, including Netanyahu’s Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor.


Army Radio had reported that several Arab countries, led by Egypt and Turkey, planned to use the summit to insist that Israel sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which would place Israel’s own alleged weapons program under international scrutiny.


For the U.S., the intended aim of the summit is to focus on keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, and attempts will be made to avoid deviating from this goal to point fingers at Israel.


Before he pulled out of the conference, Netanyahu had said that “nuclear weapons, even crude nuclear weapons, could find their way into the hands of terrorists,” and this would have “dire consequences.”


The conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, and more than 40 nations will be in attendance.


 “Israel participates in the effort to prevent nuclear technology reaching the hands of terrorist,” a government source told Army Radio. “But reports surfacing in the last 24 hours indicate the intention of various states to assail Israel regarding the NPT… the Prime Minister has accordingly decided that Meridor will head the delegation.”

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