Israel's nuclear sites will not be monitored, a UN vote determines

Sep 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Despite an ongoing effort by Egypt and other Arab nations to convince the international community that Israel's nuclear facilities should be supervised, 61 countries opposed the resolution.

The Nuclear Research Center in Dimona

The Nuclear Research Center in Dimona

The International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference recently rejected a resolution to impose international supervision on Israel's nuclear facilities, which was proposed by Egypt and other Arab nations.

In an impressive diplomatic achievement for Israel, the resolution was turned down by a majority of 61 to 43. Among the countries who supported the Arab resolution were Russia, China, Turkey and South Africa.

Israel ran a massive international campaign against the resolution for several months. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sounded pleased with the voting results. "I personally talked with more than 30 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers," he said. "In our conversations I explained that there's no place for a discussion of this sort while the main problem in the Middle East remains Iran's attempts to obtain nuclear weapons and its clear declarations of its intent to destroy the State of Israel."

"I am happy with the fact that the gap in Israel's favor has been significantly larger compared with similar votes in recent years," he continued, "and I thank all the countries who supported Israel, mainly the United States, Australia and Canada."

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