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September 30, 2013 3:29 pm

Report: Israel’s Peres Says Government ‘Will Consider’ Ratifying International Treaty on Chemical Weapons

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Israeli President Shimon Peres said his government “will consider” ratifying the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Associated Press reported.

The agreement forbids the production, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons and automatically leads to membership in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The commitment was signed by Israel, but never formally ratified.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to The Hague, Peres said, “The Syrians were forced this time by an agreement between the United States and Russia to give up their chemical arsenal,” he said. “They didn’t do it before the world threatened them with the military option.”

After Syria’s agreement last week to join the organization, only Israel, Egypt, North Korea, Burma, Angola and South Sudan are not members, the AP reported.

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council ordered the OPCW to help Syria destroy its chemical weapons by mid-2014. Inspectors from the OPCW were leaving the Netherlands on Monday for Syria to begin the process, the AP said.

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  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    Once again, a shift in emphasys. The main issue here is Syria NOT Israel. Intimately related is the matter of Syria not being a political entity trusted to contain the posession of chemical means of destruction. There are no analogies here with Israel, therefore the issue of Israeli ratification is a clear non sequitur, capisci !!??

    Same goes for any shlemil linig up for goodness’ sake Israel alongside Nth. Korea, Burma, Sth Sudan or, would you believe, Angola !!!??? Peres must be awarded the prize he deserves and the only one he hasn’t got yet, “The Alzheimer Award for Intellectual Excellence ” the AAIE best read. ” Aiaiai !!” Award.

  • shloime

    note to associated press: israel is a country with, at least, 4 million prime ministers – mr shimon peres is the president, an honorary position in israel rather than an executive one, so it is neither “his” government, nor does he set the policy of the government.

    it would be nicer if the news agencies hired staff who actually knew something about israel, but in the meantime this story was refreshing in that it did not demonize or vilify israel, for once.