Amidst a constant stream of news stories about the IAEA's calls to Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, this morning I inadvertently ran across a recent (9/18/09) Reuters piece about the IAEA calling on Israel to join Non-Proliferation Treaty and allow it to monitor its facilities. The Reuters piece was posted in Ynet News, an Israeli news source. This speaks well of the Israeli people, many of whom are peace-loving. See the story at: http://www.ynet.co.il/english/articles/0,7340,L-3778884,00.html. Kudos also to the IAEA for its even-handed treatment of Israel. This example of objectivity is something that U.S. officials, including our Nobel Peace-prize winning president, might well learn from, and finally bring a stop to America's apparent lack of objectivity in failing to hold Israel to the same standards it insists on with Iran and other nations.
The Reuters article states: "Israel is one of only three countries worldwide along with India and Pakistan outside the nuclear NPT and is widely assumed to have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, though it has never confirmed or denied it." Indeed if one does some research, it's easy to conclude from a number of sources that Israel has a formidable nuclear arsenal. For all the Israeli and U.S. complaining about Iran's nuclear plants, it seems to me that Israel's own thinly-veiled nuclear arsenal makes it, and not Iran, the greatest threat to peace and stability in the middle east.