Nudge nudge, wink wink! Come on, Israel doesn’t even have nuclear weapons! That would make them a rogue nation, wouldn’t it?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not leave next week on a planned trip to Washington, where he was scheduled to participate in a nuclear security summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.
Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor will take Netanyahu’s place in the nuclear summit, the radio report said.
Obama has invited more than 40 countries to the summit, which will deal with preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to terrorist groups.
Netanyahu was due to arrive in Washington on Monday evening and was set to take part in three or four sessions on Tuesday before returning to Israel on Wednesday.
While the reason for Netanyahu’s cancellation was not made immediately clear, sources claimed that the PM may have canceled the trip for fear Egypt and Turkey would demand that Israel sign up to the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT.
Many Arab countries view Israel’s alleged nuclear program and Iran’s nuclear programs with alarm, and have repeatedly called for an agreement to ban nuclear weapons from the region.
One hundred eighty-nine countries, including all Arab states, are party to the NPT. Only Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea are not.