Syria says Israeli nuclear weapons program is endangering the Middle East

During a Friday speech at the UN General Assembly, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari attacked Israel’s nuclear weapons program and claimed the world is turning a blind eye to its existence in the effort to rid the region of weapons of mass destruction.
Bashar Jaafari Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari accused the West of providing Israel with nuclear technology during a speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday. He claimed that the Western countries are operating to keep Israel out of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Jaafari said that the West is providing Israel with nuclear technology and even mentioned the German submarines, which can be equipped with nuclear warheads. He stressed the importance of the global battle against nuclear warfare and insisted that Israel should be included, adding that Jerusalem’s unconventional weapons are breaching international treaties.

The Syrian UN ambassador mentioned that in 2003, Syria issued a proposal to the UN Security Council regarding nuclear disarmament in the Middle East but was met with resistance from the US, which threatened to veto it. He said that this demonstrates that the West’s commitment to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons is a lie.

Israel's Nuclear Research Center in Dimona Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Jaafari claimed that Israel is refusing to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and continues to develop its nuclear capabilities without any international supervision.

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