Jerusalem hailed the vote as a diplomatic victory, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying in a statement that his efforts to lobby fellow leaders had paid off.
“I personally spoke with over 30 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers,” Netanyahu said in a statement Thursday night.
”In my conversations, I explained that it is inappropriate to hold a discussion of this sort while the main problem in the Middle East remains Iran’s efforts to obtain nuclear arms and its clear declarations of its intent to destroy Israel.”
( My note: Meanwhile, Iran signed a deal which allowed International Inspectors to disprove this false allegation. )
The prime minister singled out the United States, Australia, Canada and the European Union for thanks.
Israel is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and has never acknowledged the possession of nuclear arms, instead maintaining an official policy of “nuclear ambiguity.”
The resolution would have called upon Israel to join the NPT and forced it to place any nuclear installations under IAEA oversight.
The resolution included a clause calling Israel’s nuclear arsenal “a permanent threat to peace and security in the region.”
“All Member States of the Agency are called on to cooperate in order to remedy this situation resulting from the fact that Israel alone possesses nuclear capabilities which are undeclared and not subject to international control,” the text read.
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What are they hiding?