Vanunu Returns To Prison And The End Of Israel’s Nuclear Ambiguity By Eileen Fleming

11 May, 2010 — Countercurrents.org

vanunu.jpgOn May 11, 2010, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Mordechai Vanunu, will “serve a three-month jail sentence handed to him by Jerusalem District Court and not community service.”[1]

The ‘justices’ refused Vanunu’s offer to do community service in occupied east Jerusalem, because they do not view that side of town to be a part of their community.

On April 30, 2007, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, convicted Vanunu on 14 [out of 21] counts of violating a court order prohibiting him from speaking to foreign journalists in 2004. Vanunu was also convicted for traveling the four miles from Jerusalem to Bethlehem when he hoped to attend Christmas Eve mass at the Church of the Nativity, his first Christmas after being released from 18 years in jail [most of it in solitary] on April 21, 2004.

On July 2, 2007, Israel sentenced Vanunu to six more months in jail for speaking to foreign media in 2004.

On September 23, 2008, the Jerusalem District Court reduced Vanunu’s sentence to three months, “In light of (Vanunu’s) ailing health and the absence of claims that his actions put the country’s security in jeopardy.” [2]

On December 21, 2009, Uzi Eilam, an Israeli scientist, Tel Aviv University chemistry professor, former worker at Israel’s Dimona reactor, former member of Israeli parliament, and the former head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission told PRESS TV that Vanunu “served the regime because his revelations helped Tel Aviv intimidate others…I’ve always believed he should be let go. I don’t think he has significant knowledge to reveal (about Dimona) now. “

On May 10, 2010, Uzi Even, spoke on Israeli army radio:

“The policy of nuclear ambiguity, by which we fool only ourselves and nobody else, is not good for us any more. It was good, effective and successful for close to 40 years, but over 40 years many things changed and now I am telling you clearly, this policy is no longer in our interest.” [3]

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak responded during a foreign affairs and defense committee parliamentary meeting:

“I don’t think there is a real danger or threat to Israel’s traditional position, as it has been expressed over the years. The link between us and the United States is more complex than it may appear.” [Ibid]

Strategic Affairs Minister Dan Meridor told reporters:

“The understanding we have with the United States and other countries for many years has been quite effective. It need not change.”

Meridor also dismissed as “unimportant” Egypt’s tabling of a motion on Israel’s nuclear weapons status for a June meeting in Vienna of UN watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency:

“From time to time this issue is raised at the IAEA and other places. It’s not the first time it’s mentioned and it’s not the first time we’ll find a way, with the rest of the world, to deal with it.”

But the times are always a’ changing and 2010 could prove to be the year of implementation of the 1995 NPT resolution on the Middle East, which could be the straw to break wide open Israel’s hypocritical and ineffective policy of nuclear ambiguity.

Included in the working paper review , submitted to the 2010 NPT Review Conference , Israel’s sacred cows of “Security” as well as the issue of nuclear weapon free zones and the transferring of nuclear materials were all addressed. A ll states possessing nuclear weapons are being called to declare and maintain a moratorium on the production of fissile material for weapons purpose, and to place under IAEA safeguards fissile material.

The Arab League and Iran proposed, “ that states parties should reaffirm the total and complete prohibition of transfer of any nuclear- related equipment, to non-parties to the Treaty, without exception and in particular to the Israeli regime.” [4]

The New Agenda Coalition, composed of Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden, are an international consensus making progress on nuclear disarmament. They have been joined by Libya, Egypt, Algeria and China in recommending the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference/REVCON to call on Israel to join the NPT and place its nuclear facilities under the full scope of IAEA safeguards.

Do Something:

Send Vanunu a message of support through his website vanunu.com/

Reach for nuclear disarmament www.reachingcriticalwill.org/

1. www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3888254,00.html
2. www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1517&Itemid=227
3. www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i5d-sSbXuIVdDWk9SK3ZmJaOX26w
4. www.reachingcriticalwill.org
5. www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-national-day-prayer-0
6. Bishop John Shelly Spong, “WHY CHRISTIANITY MUST CHANGE OR DIE” page 147.
7. wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=660&Itemid=175

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