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Khuloud Khayyat Dajani
Ali Abu Shahla
A Middle East Without Weapons of Mass Destruction
Vol.19 No.12 2013
Table of Contents
by Ziad AbuZayyad and by Hillel Schenker
Putting human security needs ahead of national military concerns opens up options, opportunities and processes for banning and eliminating nuclear weapons.
by Rebecca Johnson
A nuclear weapons-free zone is the only sustainable option for regional security and in the best interests of both Israel and Iran.
by Ali Fathollah-Nejad
The UN, the Arab League, third PrepCom officials and civil society should all work proactively to convene the Middle East Conference before the end of 2013.
by Mahmoud Karem
An Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement could neutralize the Iranian nuclear peril and allow the long-term possibility of making the ME a nuclear weapons-free zone, Israel included.
by Edy Kaufman and by Manuel Hassassian
Obstacles including the “no peace” excuse can be addressed via CBMs, the pursuit of peace and disarmament on parallel tracks and a global nuclear weapons ban.
by Sharon Dolev
Disarmament does not depend only on efforts of Arabs and Iran, but also on Israel’s political desire to provide security to its citizens through regional cooperation.
by Haidy Yehia Ghoneim
A survey shows that Palestinians recognize the danger of WMD to global security and oppose the acquisition of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons in the ME.
by Jamil Rabah
Having pursued “gradual” disarmament outside the NPT while maintaining nuclear ambiguity, Israel will have to face the question: “ambiguity vs. ambiguity” or “not for us and not for them”?
by Shemuel Meir
Future Track II activities might concentrate on the level of domestic politics, including empowering civil society movements as the rising agents of change.
by Bernd W. Kubbig and by Christian Weidlich
With civil society’s help, parliamentarians could play a vital role in bridging political divisions, and building momentum to ensure success of a WMD-free zone
by Alyn Ware and by Dr. Aytug Atici
Framing a Middle East WMD-free zone as a global, not regional, priority offers a way to transcend the dispute over whether peace must precede disarmament or vice versa.
by Randy Rydell
To ensure national, regional and global security, Israel must join the process of creating a nuclear weapons-free zone, recognizing that peace is not a precondition for such a zone but a part of it.
by Baria Ahmar
What is needed is a multi-layered dialogue to engage a critical mass of policy-makers, opinionmakers and civil society from across the ME’s political and socio-cultural spectrum.
by Joseph A. Camilleri
The United States has failed to comply with the obligation to negotiate in good faith for a nuclear weapons-free world, but the tide of resistance to nuclear weapons is rising.
by Peter Weiss
A multinational treaty that recognizes Israel’s and Palestine’s permanent existences and provides for nuclear and other disarmament is needed.
by James Friedberg
Economic sanctions and the threat of a strike on its nuclear installations, along with an offer of normalization, may force Iran to renounce its nuclear ambitions.
by Emmanuel Seitelbach
Focusing on the human, environmental and humanitarian consequences of WMD, with civil society playing an active role, could bring about a paradigm shift.
by Akira Kawasaki and by Céline Nahory
by Uri Avnery
A regional union will be possible only with a joint, multilateral effort to achieve a Middle East free of nuclear and all other weapons of mass destruction.
by Avraham Burg
The EU policy to clearly distinguish between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories helps diminish the influence of people who do not make this distinction.
by Jörg Knocha
The discovery of large quantities of natural gas gives Israel and Cyprus leverage that will help them strengthen their political position in the region for their mutual benefit.
by Nikolas (Nicos) Panayiotides
If Islamic parties in the Middle East and North Africa have lost some credibility, political Islam can still be effective if it offers a coherent political and economic program.
by Kamilia Lahrichi
Edited transcript of a Knesset Science and Technology Committee session on nuclear weapons and security, with a discussion on a presentation by Dr. Ira Helfand, under the auspices of MK Dov Khenin and MK Tamar Zandberg.
Reviewed by Hillel Schenker
Reviewed by Benjamin Pogrund
by Waleed Khazindar
by Karen Alkalay-Gut
by Dan Brook