April 08, 2010 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just announced Israel will not be going to the Nuclear Summit to be held in Washington next week. He made the decision after learning that the question of Israels nuclear arsenal will be brought up. Avner Cohen says the Israel should be proud of what they have produced and should answer these questions.
Netanyahu: No summit for Israel
Israel PM cancels nuclear talks
Al Jazeera English
April 09, 2010
Israel’s prime minister has cancelled plans to attend next week’s Washington summit on nuclear security hosted by Barack Obama, the US president.
Binyamin Netanyahu made the decision after learning that Egypt and Turkey planned to raise the issue of Israel’s presumed nuclear arsenal at the conference, a senior Israeli government official was quoted as saying late on Thursday.
Israel is believed to be the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East but has never confirmed or denied that it possesses atomic weapons.
It has also not signed the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Turkey move deters Netanyahou from nuclear meet
09 Apr 2010
The Israeli Prime Minister has decided not to partake in the forthcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Washington over Egypt and Turkey’s plan to file a motion demanding that Tel Aviv open its nuclear facilities for international inspection.
According to a report broadcast on Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu has called off the trip to the US capital and is sending Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor instead.
American sources have notified Israel that a group of participating Arab countries led by Turkey and Egypt plan to use next week’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington to pressure Israel join the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and give international inspectors “unfettered access” to its nuclear facilities.
Israel is the sole nuclear-armed power in the Middle East.
The total Israeli nuclear stockpile consists of several hundred weapons of various types, including boosted fission and enhanced radiation weapons i.e. neutron bombs, as well as nuclear artillery shells.