There are, of course, differences in the order of magnitude. Whilst North Korea has maybe 25 nuclear missiles, Israel is estimated to have constructed a nuclear arsenal of up to 400 nuclear warheads – enough to destroy at least the whole of the Middle East and Europe. Furthermore, Israel has refused to be a party to both the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions and is therefore not subject – as is the rest of the international community – to official inspection by the OPCW, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. This fact alone means that the Israeli state may well possess an arsenal of chemical WMD in addition to its undeclared nuclear capability.
That is a very frightening scenario indeed whereby a state of just 8 million people, on the Eastern Mediterranean, can dictate to and potentially threaten the entire world. It is also inexplicable as to why the other 190+ member states of the United Nations are prepared to accept an untenable situation whereby the government of Israel can apparently ride ‘a coach and horses’ through internationally agreed conventions on human and civil rights and on the accepted conventions on warfare including the absolute prohibition of chemical and biological weaponry.
The state of Israel is also not a party to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is not, therefore, subject to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as is the rest of the international community.
Notwithstanding the above facts, the Israel lobby in Washington, London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels successfully infiltrates the centres of legislative and executive power in order to strengthen even further the grip of Likud Zionism upon US and EU foreign policy. It is a very dangerous game, not least in its adverse impact upon worldwide antisemitism, which is so detrimental to Diaspora communities and to students on campus, particularly in America, and Britain. Whilst the correlation is clear, it is, tragically, too often denied.
Hans Stehling (pen name) is an analyst based in the UK. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.