[Marxism] Indo-US Nuclear Deal and Israel
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Wed Aug 29 03:41:37 MDT 2007
[After Pakistan, it's Israel.
And a lot more clamours are expected in the days to
Now, Israel wants NSG rules changed
Amit Baruah, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 28, 2007
First Published: 20:15 IST(28/8/2007)
Last Updated: 21:06 IST(28/8/2007)
Israel is citing the Indo-US civil nuclear deal
as a precedent to alter Nuclear Suppliers Group
(NSG) rules to construct its first nuclear power
plant at Shivta in the southern Negev desert.
According to Platts.com, a leading web portal
that tracks energy issues, Israeli officials said
earlier this month that they would be looking to
a US vendor to supply the nuclear reactor.
Since 2005, Israel has pressed the US to request
a trade sanctions exemption for Israel in tandem
with the exemption for India. Analysts believe
that Israel is fighting an uphill battle and is
unlikely to receive support from key NSG members.
On July 27, US Under Secretary of State Nicholas
Burns stressed that the US was not going to
suggest a similar deal with any other country in
the world other than India.
"We've always felt of India as an exceptionBut
we're not anticipating, in any way, shape or
form, a similar deal for any other country,"
Burns stated categorically in Washington.
On August 3, Israeli Infrastructures Minister
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was quoted as saying that in
the next few months he would submit to the
government a plan to build the nuclear power
plant in Shivta.
"US and European officials said recently that
they expect that Israel will continue to raise
its request for a trade exemption with the US in
2008 assuming that the 45-nation Nuclear
Suppliers Group, NSG, lifts sanctions on India,
and that the US-India nuclear cooperation
agreement enters into force," Platts.com, on its
In "off-the-record" presentations to audiences in
the US, senior current and former Israeli
officials have continued to support a lifting of
NSG sanctions, underlining Israel's need for
energy and its lack of domestic energy sources.
"They argued that the NSG, rather than making an
India-specific exception to its guidelines,
should adopt a so-called criteria-based approach.
Under such an approach, the NSG could agree to
relax its export-control guidelines for non-NPT
states that meet specified criteria."
According to the World Nuclear Association,
Israel currently has a 5 MW research reactor at
Nahal Soreq near Tel Aviv under IAEA safeguards
and another 70 MW French-built heavy water
reactor at Dimona in the Negev, which is
reportedly used for military plutonium production.
Israel, like India and Pakistan, is not part of
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime.
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August 22, 2007
Despite the high cost for construction - $3
billion - and the time it will take to build,
this option offers relatively clean and efficient
The main problem in a nuclear energy plant is the
potential environmental hazards. A small country
like Israel is unable to handle the radioactive
waste of the plant, and surely cannot take a
chance on a radiation leak, either due to
technical reasons or sabotage. Unfortunately,
coal burning power plants are still cheap,
reliable and more efficient.
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Israel Considers New Nuclear Plant
By VOA News
04 August 2007
An Israeli official says Israel is considering
plans to build a nuclear power station in its
southern Negev desert.
Israel Army Radio quoted Infrastructure Minister
Binyamin Ben-Elizer as saying he has the support
of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and that the plan
would be considered in coming months.
The construction of a nuclear power plant could
draw renewed attention to what is widely believed
to be Israel's nuclear weapons program.
Following a policy that it calls "nuclear
ambiguity," Israel has never admitted nor denied
having a nuclear weapons program.
Some information for this report was provided by AP
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