Letter to the Editor
With all the talk of starting yet another war that the world can’t afford there is an opportunity to increase the peace. We can turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Israel and Iran should both agree to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. It has been signed by all nuclear capable nations except Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and now Iran. More countries have ratified the NPT than any other arms limitation and disarmament agreement, a testament to the Treaty’s significance.
It would be a great step forward in the interest of world peace for Israel to set a new example and come on board with the rest of the civilized world and sign the treaty. If Israel signed the treaty then there would be no excuse for the rest of the countries holding out not to sign it. However if Israel continues to refuse to be part of the non-proliferation community then other countries will hold out saying, “If Israel can refuse to sign then why can’t we?” There is no special reason why Israel is different than any other nation.
Israel and Iran both signing this important treaty would decrease the tensions towards war and could be the start of a narrative of peace. I therefore ask everyone to urge Israel to take steps towards increasing the peace and stop beating the drums of war. The world community can not afford the luxury of war.