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Israel is the only state in the Near East possessing nuclear weapons – without admitting it officially however. As long as these weapons are not part of negotiations on regional security the nuclear armament in the Middle East is likely according to Ware. The nuclear energy programs of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt could possibly serve to open an option for nuclear weapons in order to counter Israel. Negotiations on the implementation of a nuclear-weapon-free-zone in the Middle East could break these dynamics. In December a conference on the issue in Helsinki including Iran and Israel was scheduled. It was postponed indefinitely due to Israels rejection to take part at the conference.


Alyn Ware, Member of the World Future Council and Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Right Livelihood Award laureate