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Headline: Israel warns Russia and puts the U.S. on notice --- What?

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Israel's confrontational attitude in the Middle East goes back to 1947 when Palestine was partitioned and the nation of Israel was created by the United Nations. Inconceivably, at that time, Palestine was not given the same opportunity for statehood. In recent decades the possibility of a two-state solution has been mentioned time and again. While Israel would never agree to a single-state solution, they have indicated that they could live with the two-state solution. However, their actions continue to indicate that they have, in reality, no such interest.

At some point, Israel is going to have to stop thinking that "we are right and, therefore, everyone else must be wrong." At some point Israel must think about what the future holds for their nation if they continue on their present course of rejecting any and all attempts to establish a two-state solution.

Now to the festering situation with Iran. The big issue with Israel is its fear of Iran developing nuclear weapons; Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear capabilities that would threaten the Israeli people. But in considering this situation, let's talk about a huge double standard. Question: which Middle Eastern nation has the region's only nuclear arsenal and is considered to be in the top ten nuclear powers in the world? Well, it's none other than the state of Israel that is reported to have between 150 and 200 nuclear weapons.

Consider this: In 1970, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT or NNPT), a treaty to limit the spread of nuclear weapons, came into being. There currently are 189 nations that are parties to the treaty, five of which are recognized as nuclear weapon states -- the United States, Russia, the UK, France and China.

However, there are four nations that are not parties to the treaty and are known or believed to possess nuclear weapons; India, Pakistan and North Korea have tested weapons and have admitted that they possess nuclear weapons. The fourth is, of course, Israel which refuses to join the NPT treaty and will not admit that it possesses nuclear weapons.

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