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Knesset Rejects Motion Asking Government to Sign Non-proliferation Treaty

The Knesset (Parliament) today rejected a motion asking the Government to sign the non-proliferation draft treaty on nuclear weapons. The motion was submitted by Tewfik Toubi, an Arab member of the New Communist faction.

Foreign Minister Abba Eban said that Israel favored the treaty in principle, but like many other countries, had several reservations and was seeking to have the draft amended accordingly. Israel contended that the draft as it stands does not contain sufficient guarantees to safeguard non-nuclear nations against attack by nuclear powers and for the unhampered development of nuclear power for peaceful uses.