Letter to The New York Times:
Re “Trump Leaves Israel With Hope for Peace, but No Plan for It,”
In his meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Mr. Trump reportedly said “I make this promise to you: My administration will always stand with Israel.”
He also reiterated the Administration policy that Iran must never be permitted to possess nuclear weapons, which was warmly welcomed by Mr. Netanyahu.
But President Trump sidestepped the security paradox.
Israel possesses at least 200 nuclear warheads. How this was accomplished was explained most recently in detail in an article published in September last year (“How Shimon Peres Outwitted the U.S. to Bring Nukes to Israel,” Daily Beast, Sept.28, 2016) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/28/how-shimon-peres-got-nukes-for-israel) which builds upon the much longer expose by award winning investigative reporter, Seymour Hersh, in his book The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy (New York: Random House, 1991).
Israel has refused to sign the multilateral nuclear nonproliferation treaty (N.P.T) designed by US and Soviet diplomats in 1967, to curb the global increase and spread of nuclear weapons capability. It is widely regarded as the diplomatic cornerstone controlling nuclear weapons, and was recently reviewed by the United Nations in Vienna.
Iran, meanwhile, signed the N.P.T on the very first day it was opened for diplomatic signature on July 1, 1968, and ratified it in February 1970.
Unless President Trump has evidence to suggest the effectiveness of this accord has been undermined by Iran, he should consider carefully the impact of his unqualified security backing for Israel.