Despite last-minute jitters from Israel, the Obama administration will continue to play along by shielding the Jewish state from a conference that could force it to disclose its nuclear weapons.
Last Friday, Rose Gottemoeller, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, delivered the news at the end of a one-month conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. She said: "The language related to the convening of a regional conference to discuss issues relevant to the establishment of a Middle East zone free of all weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems is incompatible with our long-standing policies." The U.S. vote against the final draft meant that the 2015 conference would not reach a consensus on a final document. Had such a consensus been reached, Egypt and other Arab states might have achieved their long-standing goal to compel the United Nations Secretary General to convene a conference to discuss disarming Israel.