By Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom—
The International Atomic Energy Agency has denied reports it has signed an agreement recognizing “Palestine” as a country.
“The agreement, which was signed by the agency’s director general Yukiya Amano and the Palestinian Ambassador in Vienna Salah Abdul Shafi, gives the IAEA inspectors the ability to check the safety of radioactive materials and fissile nuclear materials, such as uranium,” according to a report in The Jerusalem Post, Wednesday.
In a statement, the IAEA said the agreement “does not apply any expression or opinion relating to the legal status of a certain authority or area or the definition of borders.”
Although the PA does not possess any nuclear reactors, The Post noted that “it does have physics departments in hospitals and universities, which have medical equipment containing components of nuclear materials.”
Although it isn’t a member, the Palestinian Authority is allowed to attend meetings as an observer, according to an IAEA spokesperson.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon blasted the move, saying, “Israel does not recognize the attempts of the PA to join such organizations and such institutions as a state, and Israel views this as a violation of international agreements.” Continue Reading….