Obama reaffirms US promise to maintain Zionist ‘nuclear opacity,’ vows to step up US-Israeli nuclear cooperation
The Washington Times (US); October 2, 2009
President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections, three officials familiar with the understanding said.
The officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, said Mr. Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May.
Under the understanding, the US has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which could require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.
Israel had been nervous that Mr. Obama would not continue the 1969 understanding because of his strong support for nonproliferation and priority on preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The US and five other world powers made progress during talks with Iran in Geneva on Thursday as Iran agreed in principle to transfer some potential bomb fuel out of the country and to open a recently disclosed facility to international inspection.
Mr. Netanyahu let the news of the continued US-Israeli accord slip last week in a remark that attracted little notice. He was asked by Israel’s Channel 2 whether he was worried that Mr. Obama’s speech at the UN General Assembly, calling for a world without nuclear weapons, would apply to Israel.
“It was utterly clear from the context of the speech that he was speaking about North Korea and Iran,” the Israeli leader said. “But I want to remind you that in my first meeting with President Obama in Washington I received from him, and I asked to receive from him, an itemized list of the strategic understandings that have existed for many years between Israel and the United States on that issue. It was not for naught that I requested, and it was not for naught that I received [that document].”
The chief nuclear understanding was reached at a summit between President Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir that began on Sept. 25, 1969. Avner Cohen, author of “Israel and the Bomb” and the leading authority outside the Israeli government on the history of Israel’s nuclear program, said the accord amounts to “the United States passively accepting Israel’s nuclear weapons status as long as Israel does not unveil publicly its capability or test a weapon.”
There is no formal record of the agreement nor have Israeli nor American governments ever publicly acknowledged it. In 2007, however, the Nixon library declassified a July 19, 1969, memo from national security adviser Henry Kissinger that comes closest to articulating US policy on the issue. That memo says, “While we might ideally like to halt actual Israeli possession, what we really want at a minimum may be just to keep Israeli possession from becoming an established international fact.”
Mr. Cohen has said the resulting policy was the equivalent of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
The Netanyahu government sought to reaffirm the understanding in part out of concern that Iran would seek Israeli disclosures of its nuclear program in negotiations with the United States and other world powers. Iran has frequently accused the US of having a double standard by not objecting to Israel’s arsenal.
Mr. Cohen said the reaffirmation and the fact that Mr. Netanyahu sought and received a written record of the deal suggest that “it appears not only that there was no joint understanding of what had been agreed in September 1969 but it is also apparent that even the notes of the two leaders may no longer exist. It means that Netanyahu wanted to have something in writing that implies that understanding. It also affirms the view that the United States is in fact a partner in Israel’s policy of nuclear opacity.”
Jonathan Peled, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, declined to comment, as did the White House National Security Council.
The secret understanding could undermine the Obama administration’s goal of a world without nuclear weapons. In particular, it could impinge on US efforts to bring into force the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty, two agreements that US administrations have argued should apply to Israel in the past. They would ban nuclear tests and the production of material for weapons.
A Senate staffer familiar with the May reaffirmation, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, said, “What this means is that the president gave commitments that politically he had no choice but to give regarding Israel’s nuclear program. However, it calls into question virtually every part of the president’s nonproliferation agenda. The president gave Israel an NPT treaty get-out-of-jail-free card.”
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, said the step was less injurious to US policy.
“I think it is par for the course that the two incoming leaders of the United States and Israel would want to clarify previous understandings between their governments on this issue,” he said.
However Mr. Kimball added, “I would respectfully disagree with Mr. Netanyahu. President Obama’s speech and UN Security Council Resolution 1887 apply to all countries irrespective of secret understandings between the US and Israel. A world without nuclear weapons is consistent with Israel’s stated goal of achieving a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. Obama’s message is that the same nonproliferation and disarmament responsibilities should apply to all states and not just a few.”
Israeli nuclear doctrine is known as “the long corridor.” Under it, Israel would begin to consider nuclear disarmament only after all countries officially at war with it signed peace treaties and all neighboring countries relinquished not only nuclear programs but also chemical and biological arsenals. Israel sees nuclear weapons as an existential guarantee in a hostile environment.
David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, said he hoped the Obama administration did not concede too much to Israel.
“One hopes that the price for such concessions is Israeli agreement to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty and an acceptance of the long-term goal of a Middle East weapons-of-mass-destruction-free zone,” he said. “Otherwise, the Obama administration paid too much, given its focus on a world free of nuclear weapons.”
The above article can be found here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/02/president-obama-has-reaffirmed-a-4-decade-old-secr/
‘Report: Secret document affirms US-Israel nuclear partnership’
Haaretz (Israel); July 7, 2010
Israel’s Army Radio reported on Wednesday that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries.
According to Army Radio, the US has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Other countries have refused to cooperate with Israel on nuclear matters because it has not signed the NPT, and there has been increasing international pressure for Israel to be more transparent about its nuclear arsenal.
Army Radio’s diplomatic correspondent said the reported offer could put Israel on a par with India, another NPT holdout which is openly nuclear-armed but in 2008 secured a US-led deal granting it civilian nuclear imports.
During Tuesday’s meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President [and Zionist front-man] Barack Obama, the two leaders discussed the global challenge of nuclear proliferation and the need to strengthen the nonproliferation system.
They also discussed calls for a conference on a nuclear-free Middle East, which was proposed during the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NTP) review conference in New York and which Netanyahu said he would not take part in because it intends to single out Israel.
Obama informed Netanyahu that, as a co-sponsor charged with enabling the proposed conference, the United States will insist that such a conference have a broad agenda to include regional security issues, verification and compliance and discussion of all types of weapons of mass destruction.
Obama emphasized the conference will only take place if all countries “feel confident that they can attend,” and said that efforts to single out Israel would make the prospects of such a conference unlikely.
The two leaders agreed to work together to oppose efforts to single out Israel at the IAEA General Conference in September.
Obama emphasized that the US will continue to work closely with Israel to ensure that arms control initiatives and policies do not detract from Israel’s security, and “support our common efforts to strengthen international peace and stability.”
Dan Meridor, Netanyahu’s deputy prime minister in charge of nuclear affairs, said Obama’s endorsement was not new but that its public expression — two months after Washington supported Egypt’s proposal at a review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) — was significant.
Obama’s statement “was without a doubt a special and significant text. It was important for us, and it was important for the region,” Meridor said.
Israel neither confirms nor denies having nuclear weapons under an “ambiguity” strategy billed as warding off foes while avoiding public provocations that can spark regional arms races.
The official reticence, and its toleration in Washington, has long aggrieved many Arabs and Iranians — especially given US-led pressure on Tehran to rein in its nuclear program.
The above article can be found here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-secret-document-affirms-u-s-israel-nuclear-partnership-1.300554
‘Signing the world’s death warrant?’
Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); July 22, 2010
I went cold, very cold, when I read in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that, “the US has reportedly pledged to sell Israel… nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty [NPT].”
“Other countries have refused to cooperate with Israel on nuclear matters because it has not signed the NPT, and there has been increasing international pressure for Israel to be more transparent about its nuclear arsenal.”
In their recent meeting in Washington, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also discussed the upcoming International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference on a nuclear-free Middle East, which was proposed during the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York and which Netanyahu is refusing to attend because Israel would be singled out. Well obviously.
So Obama thought it best put the toys back in Bibi’s pram before he threw another tantrum. The two leaders agreed to work together to oppose efforts to single out Israel at the conference in September, in which case, what will be the point of it?
In what many will see as a pact with the devil, Obama has emphasized that the US will cuddle up to Israel to “support our common efforts to strengthen international peace and stability” and ensure that arms control initiatives don’t rock the boat on Israel’s precious security.
In October last year the Washington Times ran a report, by Eli Lake, to the effect that Obama had agreed to keep Israel’s nukes secret by reaffirming a four-decade-old secret understanding that allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it up to international inspections [see above].
Under this understanding the US has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which could require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.
“Israel had been nervous that Mr. Obama would not continue the 1969 understanding because of his strong support for non-proliferation and priority on preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons,” the report read.
So here we have Obama helping the delinquent state on its way to Armageddon and God-promised world supremacy, while itching to vaporize Iran for daring to think nuclear even in a civil way.
More than ever before, the world seems to be in the hands of madmen that are devoid of principle and completely, certifiably bonkers.
And it’s Western democracies that are producing the power freaks and militarized terrorists. They come from nowhere — like Bush, like Obama, like Blair, like Cameron. They have no track record. They haven’t put in any time in a key office so that we can study and measure their performance, and check their integrity, before handing them supreme power.
They are too immature to have sound judgment and too distracted by a young family. But youth and family are vital ingredients in the marketing mix. These high-flyers are the carefully packaged product of [Zionist] political power brokers and interest groups, skillfully groomed for maximum public appeal and subsequent manipulation.
For the obedient there’s a rich and rewarding retirement waiting, lucrative jobs with merchant banks and board appointments with the likes of the Carlyle Group and honors by the barrow-load and peace prizes for waging mega-war on civilians.
If ordinary people in the democratic world don’t wake up very quickly, purge their administrations of corruption, run a psychological assessment on all candidates for power, and reverse course, we’re sunk.
In the UK, the Prime Minister David Cameron is concerned only that British troops are out of Afghanistan before the next election. That’s in five years’ time, during which we’ll see countless more homeward bound coffins and many more thousands of local citizens shredded and maimed.
At the Foreign Office, British foreign secretary William Hague, a besotted admirer of Israel since he was in short trousers, loudly threatens Iran with sanctions and worse. And Liam Fox, now British defense secretary, has been credited with the immortal words that, “we must remember that in the battle for the values that we stand for, for democracy against theocracy, for democratic liberal values against repression, Israel’s enemies are our enemies and this is a battle in which we all stand together or we will all fall divided.”
We are at a time in history when those with dangerous views and evil intentions are rising to the top of the political cesspit, usually by default because the others wallowing in it can be relied on not to make waves.
Yet, considering the Zionist regime’s unhinged mentality and notorious lack of restraint, it is obvious that Israel’s 200 (or is it 400?) nuclear warheads pose a massive threat not only to the Middle East but also to the rest of the world. Those warheads can be targeted on European cities and, some say, already are.
Why hasn’t Israel signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention? And why hasn’t it ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty or the Chemical Weapons Convention? Because being a menace is necessary to its ambitions.
But the US government now considers any “strong anti-Israel sentiment” to be anti-Semitic. Indeed, US politicians are so scared of the pro-Israel lobby that sales of congressional diapers have skyrocketed. In March, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) persuaded more than three-quarters of the House of Representatives to sign a letter calling for an end to public criticism of Israel and urging the US to “reinforce” its relationship with the Jewish state.
This was underscored by the nauseating spectacle of the Senate and the House of Representatives giving virtually 100 per cent endorsement to a resolution praising Israeli war crimes against Gaza, while the rest of the world condemned Israel for its barbarity.
In November 2009, they suspended the rules to cut short debate on Resolution 867, which the House of Representatives passed by 344 to 36. It called on the US president and the secretary of state to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the Goldstone Report on the Israeli assault on Gaza. The House rejected the report’s findings that Israel committed war crimes during its military assault on the Gaza Strip as “irredeemably biased.”
Then, In the middle of the horrendous Cast Lead onslaught against Gaza’s civilians, and after Israel deliberately breached the ceasefire with Hamas, the House of Representatives passed a resolution “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza” by a majority of 390-5. They noted that the humanitarian situation in Gaza was “becoming more acute” but dared not rebuke Israel.
For a flavor of how the minds of American lawmakers work, take Senate Resolution 548, passed only last month. It includes in its preamble that “whereas since 2001, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations have fired more than 10,000 rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel, killing at least 18 Israelis and wounding dozens more.”
And “whereas according to Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, ‘If the sea lanes are open to Hamas in Gaza… they will acquire thousands of rockets that will threaten every single citizen in the state of Israel and also kill the peace process… Hamas armed with thousands of rockets not only threatens 7,500,000 Israelis but it’s the end of the peace process.'”
And “whereas upon the boarding of the Mavi Marmara by the Israeli Navy, the Mavi Marmara’s passengers brutally and violently attacked the members of the Israeli Navy with knives, clubs, pipes, and other weapons, injuring several of them.”
And “whereas the members of the Israeli Navy, under attack and in grave danger, reacted in self-defense and used lethal force against their attackers on the Mavi Marmara, shooting and killing nine of them; whereas in the time since the attack, the United Nations has unjustly criticized the actions of the Government of Israel and called for an investigation of such actions; and “whereas the actions of the United Nations are undermining Israel’s inherent right to self-defense, compromising its sovereignty, and helping to legitimize Hamas.”
And so on. The resolution is framed in terms that paint Israel, the brutal oppressor, occupier and sea pirate, as the victim. The crude disinformation is easily shot down in flames, but you mustn’t criticize or question. Ignorance is such bliss to American decision making.
As a result, they resolved:
– Israel has an inherent and undeniable right to defend itself against any threat to the safety of its citizens.
– To reaffirm that the United States stands with Israel in pursuit of shared security goals, including the security of Israel.
– To condemn the violent attack and provocation by extremists aboard the Mavi Marmara, who created a highly destabilizing incident in a region that cannot afford further instability.
– To condemn any future such attempts to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza for the purpose of creating or provoking violent confrontation or otherwise undermining the security of Israel.
– To condemn Hamas for its failure to recognize the right of Israel to exist, its human rights abuses against the residents of Gaza, and its continued rejection of a constructive path to peace for the Israeli and Palestinian people.
– To condemn the government of Iran for its role, past and present, in directly supporting Hamas and undermining the security of Israel.
– To encourage the Government of Turkey to recognize the importance of continued strong relations with Israel and the necessity of closely scrutinizing organizations with potential ties to terrorist groups.
Thanks largely to US gullibility, Israel has been re-established and must next pass through the fires of tribulation before receiving the Godly pat on the head. So all this chicanery is presumably to prepare the ground for accelerating the “end times”, or Armageddon, and to provoke the ultimate destruction-fest and max out the suffering that millions of believers are so looking forward to.
When it’s all over, mankind will simply have defeated itself, with America’s help. So, while Obama and Netanyahu take the floor for the Armageddon waltz, let us pray, fervently.
The above article can be found here: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1008/re4.htm