After President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Israel possesses both atomic and nuclear bombs, there has been a growing curiosity about the potential actions world organizations might take against Tel Aviv on this matter.
Since Oct.7, Israel has been attacking Gaza from the air, land, and sea, and the international community's silence after Heritage Minister Amihai Eliyahu said that a nuclear bomb could be dropped on Gaza has shown the double standard on nuclear weapons.
In contrast to the global reaction prompted by Russian President Vladimir Putin's declaration in the Russia-Ukraine war that he would use nuclear weapons to safeguard the existence of the Russian state, the lack of a comparable response to Israel is noteworthy.
It is reported that Tel Aviv, which possesses nuclear weapons with the support of France, can launch its nuclear weapons from the air by airplanes or with the "Jericho" style multi-stage ballistic missiles. There is also a lot of unconfirmed information that Israel has made some modifications to the "Dolphin" submarines purchased from Germany to carry sea-launched "cruise" missiles with nuclear warheads.
Experts point out that Israel is hiding this fact because it does not want to be the first country in the Middle East to have nuclear weapons. The silence of the United States and Europe, which do not let Iran breathe due to concerns that it will build nuclear weapons, is considered a double standard.
For the IAEA to conduct inspections or audits in Israel, the country must be a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Despite the treaty reaching its 55th anniversary this year, Israel steadfastly refuses to sign it.
International law expert Associate Professor Hakkı Hakan Erkiner suggested that Turkiye could recommend, through the United Nations Security Council, an investigation into the allegations of nuclear weapons in Israel. Erkiner highlighted the inconsistency in the international community's approach, citing the IAEA's continuous inspections related to Iran's nuclear activities.
"The Israeli Air Force had struck the construction site of a nuclear test reactor being built in Iraq, claiming the potential for a nuclear bomb. Israel justified this as pre-emptive self-defense, and there was no objection. However, in this latest incident, a comfort zone seems to be created for Israel. Israel should undergo inspection by the IAEA, and the truth should be revealed,” Erkiner said.