Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend next week’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. He will send Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor instead.
Netanyahu reportedly decided not to come to Washington because U.S. sources informed Israel that a group of participating Arab countries led by Turkey and Egypt plan to use the summit to demand that Israel sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and allow its nuclear capabilities to be placed under international inspection. Previously, the Obama administration had assured Netanyahu that it would not let this issue take over the conference, the focus of which is supposed to be on keeping nuclear capabilities out of the hands of terrorists.
But at this point, Netanyahu has no reason to credit any assurances from the Obama administration.
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