Friday, September 28, 2007

A nuclear deal for Israel now?

Israel, which like India is not a signatory to the NPT, is lobbying for a deal that would allow it to benefit from civilian nuclear energy. This request is surely going to be political hot potato in the US. If it accedes to the Israeli demand, it will have to deal with the obvious criticism that it supports a country that possesses nuclear weapons while stunting the progress of another that doesn't have any. India's case is different because New Delhi does not pose a direct threat to Tehran. But Tel Aviv does (at least according to Iran). We know the only country in West Asia to have nuclear weapons, ahem, is Israel. And Iran is not going to take it quietly... These are interesting times!


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