Sinceits announcement last week, the Iran Nuclear Deal has been the focal point ofmost foreign policy News. Many have clamored that it is an unprecedentedachievement in international diplomacy, and that it will greatly aid preventingIran from building a nuclear arsenal (it is disputed whether they had anyintention of developing one). That may be true, but one of the less exploredtopics related to this deal is the very real presence of a country in theMiddle East which already possesses nuclear weapons: Israel.

 "What's the big deal?" you may say. Well, theproblem lays in the fact that Israel's nuclear arsenal is completelyundeclared, it is not monitored by UN monitoring bodies, and Israel's highestgovernment authorities even negate its existence. Israel is thus one of onlyfour countries in the world to have an undeclared military nuclearcapabilities, and it's not in great company: the others are North Korea,Pakistan, and India. Despite this being a little advertised fact, it has beenknown for at least the past 30 years.

It was in 1986 that a young Israelinuclear technician named Mordechai Vanunu revealed details of Israel's nuclearprogram. After having done so he was drugged by an Israeli Mossad agent inItaly, brought to Israel, and prosecuted in a closed-door trial. He then spent18 years in prison, 11 of which in confinement. Since his release he has hadnumerous prohibitions imposed on him such as not being able to use a cellphone,and has been re-incarcerated numerous times for petty offences in what he labelsas a persecution.

While the modern state of Iran has never attacked another country,Israel's creation was the result of a bellicose war of aggression whichcontinues to this day. While Iran has no proven military nuclear capabilities,Israel's are almost a certainty. While Netanyahu has warned that Iran's nuclearweapons would be ready "in a matter of months" since the 1980s,Israel has had nuclear capabilities for at least 20 years prior.

While Iran hasratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, Israel has not and is stronglysuspected on having used white phosphorus (a UN-banned chemical warfaresubstance) in Gaza. So, why is the U.S. thus making Iran, and not Israel, signa Nuclear Treaty? The answer would seem self-evident; Israel, after all, is oneof the United States' greatest ally, particularly given its position in the MiddleEast. In fact, since the United States gives roughly US$ 2 billion a year inmilitary aid to Israel, they could be financing part of the program itself!

If we abide by these presuppositions, it would logically follow that the UnitedStates has two sets of rules when it comes to foreign policy: those for itselfand its allies, and those for the states they do not particularly like.

But ifone is to lead by example, it must apply moral standards equally to itself andothers, and require that its closest allies do the same. If this and followingadministrations are serious in a plan for nuclear security in the Middle East,it must include Israel.

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