World, United Nations, Israel
Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear
cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem April 19, 2015.
(Reuters) - Israel will take part as
an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the
United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering
dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.
Assumed to have the Middle East's
sole nuclear arsenal, and having never joined the nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, Israel has stayed away from gatherings of NPT signatories since 1995 in
protest at resolutions it regarded as biased against it.
Citing the example of disarmament
talks in other regions, Israel says it would consider submitting to
international nuclear inspections and controls only once at peace with the
Arabs and Iran. Those countries want Israel curbed first.
disputed Iranian nuclear program, often pitting Tehran-aligned Shi'ite Muslims
against Sunni Arabs, a senior Israeli official saw in the April 27-May 22 NPT
review conference a chance to stake out common causes.
Israel deems Iran its top threat.
The Islamic Republic has said it seeks only nuclear energy, not bombs, from
uranium enrichment. Six global powers are negotiating a comprehensive nuclear
deal with Iran - a process Israel has denounced, fearing it will not restrain
Tehran's atomic activities sufficiently.
"We think that this is the time
for all moderate countries to sit and discuss the problems that everyone is
facing in the region," the Israeli official, who requested anonymity given
the sensitivity of the subject, told Reuters on Sunday.
"I see this, coming as an
observer to the conference now, as trying to demonstrate our good faith in
terms of having such a conversation. We need direct negotiations between the
regional parties, a regional security conversation, a conversation based on
consensus. This (attendance at the NPT conference) is meant not to change our
policy. It's meant to emphasize our policy."
The question of sequencing -- if
peace should precede disarmament -- has helped mire negotiations on the
creation of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. An Egyptian plan
for an international meeting laying the groundwork for such a deal was agreed
at the last NPT review conference, in 2010.
The Israeli official doubted the
deadlock would be resolved at the pending NPT conference - anticipating,
instead, an "Arab proposal that would not adopt the position of direct
engagement" with Israel.
Still, the official described the
NPT conference as a chance to build on opposition Israel shared with some Arabs
to the April 2 outline nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.
The conference "doesn't
contradict a broader possible outreach," the official said. Without naming
specific countries, the official said some Arabs appeared less attentive to
Israel's non-NPT status as they were "too busy with bigger problems".
Among these might be Egypt, which
had long been vocally opposed to Israel's nuclear opacity but has recently
closed ranks with its neighbor against common Islamist adversaries.
"Our initiative for a Middle
East free of non-conventional weapons is a principle. It will not change. But
nothing is against Israel itself. It's for everyone - Iran, Israel,
everyone," an Egyptian official said on condition on anonymity.
"Will we go and pressure Israel
(at the conference)? I don't think so. I don't think the pressure will be
(Editing by Jeffrey Heller/Mark
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