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Riz Khan
Nuclear double standard
We discuss Israel's nuclear programme and its impact on stability in the Middle East.
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2009 13:31 GMT



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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is discussing Iran's nuclear capabilities just as Israel accused the monitoring body of holding back on its most recent report on Iran.

Israel says it "expects the international community to take substantive and prompt steps to halt Iran's military nuclear programme."

But what about Israel's nuclear arsenal?

It is a well-known secret that Israel has nuclear capabilities and nuclear weapons. Officially, Israel has a policy of not confirming or denying its nuclear capabilities.

Experts and anti-nuclear activists argue that the way in which the West deals with Israel's programme sets a dangerous double standard that makes it impossible to stem the tide of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East or anywhere else. 

Breaking with past precedent, a US state department official recently said that they would like Israel to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, but a White House official went on to note that the Israeli and Iranian programmes were unrelated "apples and oranges".

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We will discuss Israel's nuclear programme and ask: When will Israel bring its nuclear weapons out of the shadows? And could an open and honest discussion of its capabilities pave the way for a nuclear-free Middle East?

On Monday, Riz speaks with Dr. Avner Cohen, the author of Israel and the Bomb, and Gideon Spiro, an Israeli journalist and human rights activist.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Monday, September 7.

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