PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Aayesha Soni
 
Comments: 21
Article views: 386
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Aayesha Soni's badges.
 

Israel/US the Real Threat to Middle East Peace, Not Iran

08 January 2013, 13:06

As 2013 approaches it promises to be a year filled with new challenges and obstacles, not excluding those to the Middle East peace process. A major theme of last year’s US presidential elections as well as a contributing factor to the tensions of this year is the threat posed to world peace allegedly by Iran’s nuclear programme. However, on closer inspection we will see that it is not Iran, but rather Israel and the USA which will be the greatest impediment to any kind of peace in the near future.

In the latest release of Wikileaks documents, we are alerted to this fact. A conference in Finland was scheduled to be held in December 2012 for the establishment of a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (MENWFZ). This conference, as well as the motion which was first proposed by the UN General Assembly in 1974, was endorsed by both Iran and Egypt. However, it didn’t take place because Israel refused to attend. Israel also refuses to be a member of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), essentially allowing it to keep its weapons without being under the same scrutiny as members of the NPT. It is also free from the Treaty’s ArticleVI obligation to disarm. In 2004, the IAEA planned to hold a forum to discuss the establishment of a MENWFZ. A cable from the US embassy in Tel Aviv published by WikiLeaks revealed Israel was keen to ensure that the forum would not produce any “concrete deliverables” towards achieving a MENWFZ.

The establishment of a MENWFZ would require Israel to declare and ultimately give up its nuclear arsenal and accordingly, Israel and the US have preferred to focus on the threat allegedly posed by Iran’s nuclear program. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran has a legal right to produce nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Its announcement in 1974 of a plan to build 23 large nuclear reactors was supported by the West. Construction of Iran’s first nuclear power plant at Bushehr was originally contracted to a German firm in 1975. However, after the Iranian revolution ousted the western-backed Shah, support from all the Western allies was withdrawn. It was then that Iran signed a contract with Russia to continue its development. A 2006 cable from the US embassy in Tel Aviv reveals a secret Israeli plan to bribe Russia into delaying construction of the Bushehr plant. The cable reports that Israel told Russia it was “extremely important” to Israel for the work to be delayed. This was not the first time Israel has taken international law into its own hands with regards to other states’ nuclear ambitions. In 1981 Israel attracted international condemnation for the bombing of Iraq’s Osirak research reactor and in 1991 it bombed Dair Alzour in Syria. Israel claimed the latter was a nuclear facility, but this was never proven to be true. So even though US intelligence agencies have repeatedly concluded that Iran is not acquiring nuclear energy for weapons, why does Israel (backed by the US government) insist on antagonising the situation and, essentially, the peace process in the Middle East?

Israeli and the US insist that MENWFZ cannot be negotiated until peace has been realised in the Middle East. Arab states argue that negotiations towards achieving a MENWFZ could play an important role in the peace process, and point to the fact that 21 Arab states signed the NPT. As well as rejecting the NPT, Israel refuses to abide by international law and take the steps necessary towards achieving peace with Palestine. In violation of UN resolutions for over 40 years, Israel has refused to end its military occupation of Palestinian land and withdraw to the internationally recognised 1967 border, doesn’t recognise the right of return of Palestinian refugees, sanctions the building of illegal settlements in Palestinian territory and continues construction of the Israeli West bank barrier, otherwise known as the apartheid wall, which further annexes Palestinian land. Essentially, Israel’s position is that it will not negotiate a MENWFZ until a peace agreement has been concluded with its neighbours, which it is not willing to negotiate either.

Iranian people increasingly suffer over their government’s alleged nuclear ambitions when it is in fact the actions of Israel and its allies which continue to block progress towards a peaceful, nuclear weapons free Middle East.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
21 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
PeterTracey
Decisions, decisions

Some things are not as easy as they seem. Read more...

0 comments 219 views
Submitted by
James Matoma
Bafana is a national embarrassmen...

How can the minister of sports and recreation, Fikile Mbalula, claim that he was satisfied with Bafana Bafana’s performance? Read more...

15 comments 638 views
Submitted by
Kalibanache
Clive Derby-Lewis and the rest of...

Forgive. Forgive me, forgive other people. Forgive is to forget, otherwise you have not forgotten.  Read more...

17 comments 587 views
Africa must break from negative n...

Despite decades of conflict, death and tragedy, coverage of issues in Africa has often been ignored, oversimplified, or excessively focused on limited aspects. Read more...

11 comments 341 views
Submitted by
Amaps
Let the Chuch be the help to the ...

So disappointing how the "church" which claims to be the body of Christ, its not as it should be, its operated like a corporate company. Read more...

133 comments 736 views
Submitted by
MarkH
South Africa: The reality show

I see a tendency – just love that word – developing lately of the regime – another old favourite – to spread far and wide as much confusion as possible, all involving spending my money, of course. Read more...

5 comments 441 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.