The vote by the IAEA states expresses a rejection of the repeated Arab attempt to condemn and isolate Israel within the IAEA, and to deflect attention of the international community from the burning issues in the Middle East.

 MFA Spokesman on IAEA vote

 

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

A short while ago, the IAEA 58th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), by a majority of 13 states, rejected a resolution proposed by several Arab states on "Israeli nuclear capabalities". This same resolution was rejected last year, as well as in previous years. The vote by the IAEA states expresses a rejection of the repeated Arab attempt to condemn and isolate Israel within the IAEA, and to deflect attention of the international community from the burning issues in the Middle East – Iran’s efforts to achieve nuclear weapons and the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

Israel remains committed to regional dialogue with its neighbors in the broadest sense, to the creation of mutual trust, to meeting the challenges of the house, and to achieving regional security and stability.

In the wake of the repeated rejection of the proposed resolution, we hope that the Arab states will understand the futility of seeking such votes in international organizations rather than engaging in direct dialogue to advance the common interests of the region.