In the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in October 2022, Israel noted that it did not participate in the negotiation of the TPNW and has voted no on all UN General Assembly resolutions on the Treaty, because it has ‘deep reservations’ regarding the Treaty ‘based on substantive as well as procedural considerations’. It also argued that the TPNW fails to give due regard to security and stability considerations. Furthermore, Israel outlined issues that stand in the way of Israel's ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which included 'significant gaps' in the verification regime and the status of adherence and compliance in the Middle East region.1
- Israel should acknowledge that nuclear deterrence is not a sustainable solution for its own or international security, and that any perceived benefits are far outweighed by the risk of nuclear accidents or war.
- Israel should pursue negotiations in good faith on nuclear disarmament.
- Israel should urgently adhere to the TPNW. Until it is in a position to do so, it should welcome the TPNW as a valuable component in the global disarmament and non-proliferation architecture, work with the Treaty's states parties on practical steps towards disarmament, and attend the meetings of states parties as an observer. @Israel should also adhere to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).