- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
This is a major shift:
The UN nuclear assembly voted on Friday to urge Israel to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and place all atomic sites under UN inspections, in a surprise victory for Arab states.
The resolution, passed narrowly for the first time in nearly two decades, expresses concern about "Israeli nuclear capabilities" and calls on International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei to work on the issue.
The Middle East resolution, sponsored by Arab states, was backed by 49 votes to 45 against in a floor vote at the IAEA’s annual member states conference. The vote split along Western and developing nation lines. There were 16 abstentions
This is a major victory as the Israel’s representative on the council has already promised to "not cooperate in any matter with this resolution which is only aiming at reinforcing political hostilities and lines of division in the Middle East region."
It also probably won’t do a whole lot for the credibility of the IAEA to have one more country over which it is powerless to enforce its rulings.