IAEA rejects resolution for Israeli nuclear operation oversight

Published September 18th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
The resolution was proposed by Egypt and backed by Arab states. (AFP/File)
The resolution was proposed by Egypt and backed by Arab states. (AFP/File)

Israel succeeded in defeating at the International Atomic Energy Agency's annual conference on Thursday an Egyptian resolution backed by Arab and Muslim states calling on the IAEA to demand Israel open its nuclear facilities to inspectors.

The resolution also called for the Middle East to be recognized as nuclear weapons-free zone.

The resolution was defeated at the IAEA conference by a margin of 63-41.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement following the vote, saying that he had called 30 world leaders and convinced them to reject the proposal given the situation in the Middle East, especially Iran's efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Israel's diplomatic coup was aided by the United States behind the scenes and the pressure it exerted on countries to vote against the measure.

Countries such as Australia, Canada and a number of South American states joined the American effort on Israel's behalf.

By Yossi Melman


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