Israel Rules Out Ratifying Chemical Arms Ban

Israel Rules Out Ratifying Chemical Arms Ban | Insists Syria’s decision won’t change their policy

Syria has promised to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the international community is working on a deal to destroy the nation’s considerable arsenal, meaning one of the world’s last holdouts on the ban is all but on board.

Hopes that this might get the rest of the holdouts to change their policy seems unlikely, however, as Israel has today insisted that Syria’s move will not change their opposition to the treaty.

Technically, Israel signed the CWC in 1993 like most of the rest of the world, but it never ratified the treaty, citing Syria’s arsenal. Without Syria as an excuse, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials now say they won’t ratify the deal until everyone else in the world signs a peace treaty with them.

Israel is believed to have some chemical weapons, but the reality is that they are a relatively minor risk compared to the nation’s massive, uncleared nuclear weapons arsenal. Israel has likewise ruled out signing the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

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  • persnipoles

    Israel[…] won’t ratify the deal until everyone else in the world signs a peace treaty with them. That's perfect! Hey Assad, tell 'the world' to sign a peace treaty with you before you ditch the CWs. …or is that just for speshul people?

    • Exactly. You can always find a reason to keep your weapons if you are backed by Washington.

  • Rudolph

    israel has attempted to sell Nukes to South Africa in order to help the Slavery and Aparthaid to be preserved.

    “Chosen” criminals

  • jtt

    Well what’s the difference between a dictator using chemical weapons to kill women and children and a democratic government using conventional weapons to do the same thing?

  • yaridanjo

    Israel nuked Syria on the night of 4/5 May 2013 and is now afraid Syria will gas them.

    Israel and the USA, partners in genocide.

  • Augustbrhm

    Go back the Zionist regime stand America and bomb the living S***t out of Syria without chemical weapons as you did to Gadaffi.

  • Augustbrhm

    These special people continue to drag America down

  • Valerianus

    Not to worry, even if the rest of the world's states were to renounce CWs, the Zionists would then declaim that there is antisemitism in the world and that they won't renounce their "strategic defense" until antisemitism has been eradicated.

  • John Ellis

    The corporate rich who rule Empire USA, they created a military base called Israel in 1948 to be most terrorizing, as it’s sole purpose for existence is to maximize profit in trading war materials for Middle-East oil.

  • Guest

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend, Israel is one of those enemies that USA government having and using, like all the other terrorist groups from Al-Queada to Israel.

  • moe7

    That's okay. Obama refused to sign the international anti-landmine treaty.