According to many sources, including Reuters, Israel is not a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), why does no one make Israel join, while they have nukes; but all of the pressure is on Iran that according to IAEA and other sources doesn't have any nukes

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    I think it's also worth noting that the Reuters article you linked clearly states that the NPT members have attempted to make Israel join the treaty on at least one occasion (Wikipedia suggests it's happened on multiple other occasions). So your claim that "there is no pressure on Israel to join the NPT" is blatantly contradicted by your own sources.
    – F1Krazy
    Sep 17 at 12:12
  • @F1Krazy I don't believe that, the west put a lot of pressure on the Iranians to reconcile them to sign the JCPOA, there's never been a strong will behind making Israel to join NTP that if was, as well as what they did with Iran (sanctions and others) to make them accept the JCPOA could happen about Israel too, these claims more seem to be a "shame fight" not a real one. I'm not backing Iran, I'm just talking about the double standared policies.
    – user48
    Sep 17 at 14:57
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    The question is not really answerable without considering intent: what Israel is likely to do with the nuclear weapons that it (supposedly) has, versus what the Iranians would be likely to do with nuclear weapons if they had them. And once you bring that in, the answer is IMHO obvious.
    – jamesqf
    Sep 17 at 16:26
  • Because Israel is not in compliance, and nuclear powers, for the most part, get a fair amount of leeway when it comes to ignoring the desires of the international community (when a genuine agreement even exists). The one exception, and it's worth reading about for anyone who doesn't remember it live, was South Africa.
    – Pete W
    Sep 18 at 3:33
  • You are comparing different things. You're saying why don't country pressure Israel to join the NPT; but countries don't pressure Iran to join the NPT either -- because Iran is already a member of the NPT. Now, countries can complain about Iran not being in compliance with the NPT, because it is a member (and hasn't left yet). Countries cannot complain about Israel not being in compliance with the NPT because Israel is not a member.
    – user102008
    Sep 23 at 7:38

In theory, membership of the NPT is voluntary. Members gain the benefit of civilian nuclear technology exchanges up to a point just short of nuclear weapons capability in exchange for openness and the pledge not to cross that point. (People who pressure Iran want more than just ordinary NPT membership from them ...)

In practice, failing to do what other countries want leads to consequences. The severity of those consequences depends on the strength of the involved countries.

  • There are countries putting pressure on Israel. They are not strong enough to make Israel give in.
  • There are countries putting pressure on Iran. They are not strong enough to make Iran give in.

There is a tendency in Washington and in parts of the US press to equate "America," "the West," and "the international community." They're not the same. The US and their allies are just one very powerful block -- countries put to the question of either not trading with Iran or not trading with the US tend to value trade with the US more, and stop trading with Iran.

That's not primarily based on the NPT and similar principles. It is based on the fact that the US can decide not to trade with countries it dislikes, and decide whom it dislikes. No different, really, than the two blocks during the Cold War, except that the relative strengths are less balanced.

  • "There are countries putting pressure on Israel ... Iran." Can you cite sources? Sep 18 at 18:25
  • @KeithMcClary Sanctions (on Iran obuoisly) mean pressure. home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/…, I still believe no pressure is on Israel. The US sets sanctions on Iran the Europe abides.
    – user48
    Sep 19 at 1:56
  • @user48, how about all those Arab mations which do not recognize Israel? Surely that is pressure.
    – o.m.
    Sep 19 at 8:41
  • @o.m. May I ask why should they recognized the Zionist regime? They had occupied the lands of others and are killing, torturing and arresting Palestinians with no reason. It doesn't matter Arab country or not, no country must recognizes them. IMHO.
    – user48
    Sep 19 at 10:03
  • @user48, you are debating the wrong question at the wrong time. There are nations pressuring Israel. Which is all that I said in my first bullet point. I did not say if they are right or wrong, whatever I might personally think.
    – o.m.
    Sep 19 at 10:12

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