Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N.

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks before a group photo with the new Israeli government in JerusalemBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday. It was a rare expression of diplomatic harmony with the United States from Netanyahu, whose relations with President Barack Obama have been strained over U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. A month-long conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ended in failure on Friday over disagreements on how to achieve a Middle East atomic weapons ban.


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