Landau: Arms control community defends NPT contacts with Israel

The international arms control community has come to the defense of contacts between Israel and UN diplomats, who are engaged in talks aimed at including Jerusalem in a forum to discuss the creation of a region free of weapons of mass destruction.

Israel, for the first time, submitted a paper to the UN’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference, outlining its stance and concerns, and for the first time in 20 years, an Israeli delegation is taking part this week in an NPT conference in New York as an observer.

Responding to these developments, a group of Arab states submitted a “rather hard-line paper outlining a new approach that would in effect undermine” progress that has enabled Israeli participation in the talks, Dr. Emily Landau, head of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Landau-Arms-control-community-defends-NPT-contacts-with-Israel-402901

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