Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for its stance against placing a nuclear arms ban on the Middle East, an Egyptian driven proposal to the UN which would see Israel forced to surrender its nuclear arsenal.
An official from the Prime Ministry of Israel told Reuters that Netanyahu expressed his gratitude for Obama’s remarks in a phone call with US secretary of state John Kerry.
“The United States kept its commitment to Israel by preventing a Middle East resolution that would single out Israel and ignore its security interests and the threats posed to it by an increasingly turbulent Middle East,” the official said.
Netanyahu also reportedly thanked the UK and Canada for supporting Obama’s stance, which was criticised by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
The UN chief voiced his displeasure with the country’s refusal to accept the notion stating that the three nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty members were “unable to narrow their differences on the future of nuclear disarmament or to arrive at a new collective vision on how to achieve a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction [WMD].”
Obama’s statements at the UN voicing his opposition to the ban came shortly after he stressed that he would do all in his power to make a deal preventing Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons, stating that the deal “will have my [Obama’s] name on it.”
“I want a good deal,” Obama said. “I’m interested in a deal that blocks every single one of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon.”