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Thread: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

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    Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    I saw a story that talked about how the U.S. government recently released classified documents on Israel's nuclear program. Since its obvious that Israel has a nuclear weapons program, should they be required to sign the NPT?

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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    Definitely not. There is nothing in such an agreement for them to consider, and nothing in it adds anything to their security and defense.

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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    Hell yes.. since the west almost "requires" countries like Iran and Pakistan to sign up, then why not Israel? After all Israel has actually sold nuclear tech to a hostile nation.. Iran and Pakistan has not..
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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Hell yes.. since the west almost "requires" countries like Iran and Pakistan to sign up, then why not Israel? After all Israel has actually sold nuclear tech to a hostile nation.. Iran and Pakistan has not..
    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I saw a story that talked about how the U.S. government recently released classified documents on Israel's nuclear program. Since its obvious that Israel has a nuclear weapons program, should they be required to sign the NPT?
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    Definitely not. There is nothing in such an agreement for them to consider, and nothing in it adds anything to their security and defense.
    I have a question for all involved; If Israel were to come out and acknowledge their nuclear arsenal, would they be forced to disarm?

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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    I have a question for all involved; If Israel were to come out and acknowledge their nuclear arsenal, would they be forced to disarm?
    Not anymore than India has. For all the posturing and to the dismay of some there isn't that much angst about the Israeli nuclear weapons program even in the Middle East, at least among the relevant governments. Making the program overt would force countries to address an issue that everyone would rather ignore and sap attention from more serious and pressing issues.

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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Not anymore than India has. For all the posturing and to the dismay of some there isn't that much angst about the Israeli nuclear weapons program even in the Middle East, at least among the relevant governments. Making the program overt would force countries to address an issue that everyone would rather ignore and sap attention from more serious and pressing issues.
    And by everyone being forced to "address an issue" do you mean they too would become nuclear themselves?

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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    No and let's not pretend that Israel is the same as Iran.

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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    I have a question for all involved; If Israel were to come out and acknowledge their nuclear arsenal, would they be forced to disarm?
    They should be treated as all others. No one has been forced to disarm.
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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    No, because the Jewish religion doesn't require that they exterminate all unbelievers, unlike some religions and the leaders of such trying to get ahold of nukes.

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    re: Should Israel be required to sign the NPT? [W:348]

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    And by everyone being forced to "address an issue" do you mean they too would become nuclear themselves?
    Probably not for a variety of reasons. But Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, etc would rather focus their foreign policy energies elsewhere (Iran, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Yemen, etc) than on something they've been at relative ease with for a long time like the Israeli nuclear weapons program. I'm not convinced any of those powers are that fearful of Israel's program and aside from errant comments and jabs they've done everything possible to avoid confronting the issue whereas they've poured an enormous amount of energy into the aforementioned issues.

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