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Yeah. Well when it comes to Israel's position our policy is not to be deferred into abuse no clue weapons into the region which the meaning of it is that Israel is not a country. Right. First Three believe that the best way to do that to Israel and to the other countries in the region is to have the Middle East free from any nuclear weapons. As you know Israel took the initiative to have a regional agreement between the countries of the region to keep the Middle East free from nuclear weapon. This is a specific agreement that has to be signed between all the countries of the
region. Unfortunately most of the countries rejected the idea that such an agreement will be reached in the context of the bilateral or multilateral relationship of the Middle Eastern countries. We believe that basically Israel must have the capability to restrain the person and in the future any corelation War coalition of countries that he knew used conventional weapons against Israel but Israel as a conventional weapon. We don't believe that we can allow a situation to develop that Israel will not be able to defend itself against the threat of the Arab countries by conventional weapons by something which is not
conventional. Because I believe when Israel will reach the point that by its conventional weapons it hasn't got the solution to such eventuality that it will be a question mark on the existence of Israel and its probability of viability. At the same time. As a result of it we don't want to see other countries thriving to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East's. Therefore our policy is on the one hand. Not to be the first or second politically to reach an agreement where it will keep the region free from nuclear weapon theory. We know that with out having the capability to defend ourselves by conventional weapons
against conventional weapons of any other correlation we will be in a very poor shape. And for all to prevent to the extent it is possible the introduction of nuclear weapons by any country that it is a state of war with. Well allow me to say it is a limitation to our capabilities to become prophet what will happen in 10 20 30 is from now. No doubt if there will be introduction of no Cloe weapons to the context of the ever Israeli conflict both sides
will be more nervous less secure and for defer the weekend per venti. It's better to the region to all the countries of the ME. You might be quite wrong for a member world but I try to explain very clearly what I believe in. I believe that is must find to any foreseeable future to any threat. That can be presented by the country's made conventional weapons echoing the eventual weapon. I can't believe to the extent that I can predict the future that it is impossible to do it. I would not
deny in a context of any political or peace negotiations. Therefore one of my major considerations is to have a defensible boundaries defensible boundaries that have to bear in mind the tension a conventional weapon threat even after peace will be signed. This is Rize. I opposed didn't you in a context of peace treaty with our neighboring countries and to the place in which they were all lines of. Well I believe even though it was not been the government of Israel and the building of the siege and the purpose of wars is
this true. The Iraq potentialities to produce a nuclear weapons. This was their reasoning and no doubt it was successful and no doubt it will spawn for a long period. Even they were thinking about capability that was slated into Dean's by a strike on the center of nuclear development. I say said I believe that the longer it will take the globe weapons will be introduced to the region to the better for all the people. What kind of means is. I don't believe it is advisable
to spell out. Thank you. I mean what the problem was there and between we should we basically fold this because as long as we need all the countries of the region depends on Dave readiness the middle middle is still in countries that might be also the Islamic Middle Eastern country not just to sign the NPT because any one of the Arab countries that signed the NPT had to close it is not related to that. What is the meaning of signing the NPT. Therefore we propose instead of the NPT.
War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
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Interview with Yitzhak Rabin, 1987
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Yitzhak Rabin was the Israeli Minister of Defense from 1984-1990, and later Prime Minister. In the interview he discusses Israel's nuclear policy. He explains that Israel's policy is that it will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons to the region, but that it must defend itself from the surrounding Arab countries, and will take action to prevent those countries from gaining a nuclear capability. He declares Israel's desire to make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone. He also explains that Israel will not sign the non-proliferation treaty because the Arab states refuse to enter into a commitment that includes Israel. Instead, he indicates a preference for an agreement among the Middle Eastern nations.
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Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968); nuclear weapons; Nuclear-weapon-free zones; Nuclear nonproliferation; Israel; Iraq; Syria; Egypt
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Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Yitzhak Rabin, 1987,” 1987-01-25, WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed September 18, 2020,
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