Will the Helsinki Conference take place, and should and can Israel be at the table? The answers are: Yes, and yes.
Hillel Schenker is co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal (www.pij.org). He served for many years as spokesperson for the Israeli branch of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
What was so threatening about a conference at which Israelis and Palestinians were going to discuss the potential impact of the Arab Spring?
Instead of just looking the other way, shouldn't we begin developing a creative alternative to stopping the Iranian nuclear program, given that so many Israeli authorities question whether a military solution exists?
The conference will not have the unrealistic goal of producing a treaty, but rather of discussing how to make progress toward a nuclear- and WMD-free zone [in the Mideast].