Originally posted by spruce112358 to johnnylongwoody
I didn't realize that the UN had deputized Israel with the right to destroy
nuclear weapons capability in any nation in the world that they choose.
In their book, Flynt and Hillary Leverett strongly criticise the Israeli lobby for
demonizing Iran and apparently attempting to incite the United States into more
armed conflict against Iran, which presumably would be to Israel's advantage.
For many years, the US government and US media have disingenuously ignored
Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal and Israel's disregard for international law.
Amnesty International and some other human rights organizations seem to regard
Mordechai Vanunu as a 'prisoner of conscience', oppressed by the state of Israel.
Vanunu has claimed that the Israeli authorities have been particularly harsh in
his case because they perceive him as a 'traitor' to his religion of birth (Vanunu
converted from Judaism to Christianity). Vanunu has attempted to renounce his
Israeli citizenship and to leave Israel, but the Israeli authorities have denied this.
So Mordechai Vanunu could be considered the equivalent of a 'refusenik' in Israel
('refusenik' referred to the Jews who were denied permission to leave the USSR).