Israel becomes CERN nuclear group member

Apr 17, 2011
A woman passes behind the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)'s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator. Israel's cabinet has announced that it has approved the country's membership of CERN, becoming the research group's first non-European delegation.

Israel's cabinet on Sunday announced it had approved the country's membership in the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, becoming the research group's first non-European delegation.

" is joining an exclusive club, which provides unusual visibility, exposure, prestige and international status," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in announcing the cabinet decision.

He said membership in the organisation, known as , reflected the "capabilities of Israeli scientists and constitutes recognition of their ability."

Israel had previously held special observer status at the organisation, which is best known for its "atom-smasher," the so-called which is installed in a tunnel straddling the Franco-Swiss border.

Israel first joined the organisation in 1991 as an observer state, and became a special observer state in 2009, gaining the right to attend restricted sessions discussing the Large Hadron Collider.

Israeli media reported that the Jewish state faced several hurdles in its bid to become a member, including French fears that Israeli access to CERN tenders could affect France's hi-tech industry.

Switzerland reportedly expressed initial opposition to Israeli membership, citing Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Israel is expected to become a full member of CERN by 2013, after two years as an associate member.

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Husky
1 / 5 (1) Apr 17, 2011
nice, the fact that the french hitech industry worries about the capabillities of israeli scientists/industry is a good testament of why i think they should be involved to bring this thing forward.
iknow
3 / 5 (2) Apr 18, 2011
a good chunk of today's hi-tech is coming out of Israel and they do have very clever folks.
COCO
not rated yet Apr 18, 2011
does this mean they will allow for nuclear inspection of Dimona - existing in violation of international standards and agreements?
Bonkers
5 / 5 (2) Apr 19, 2011
Israel? I thought that they were a pariah state.
Sure let them onto the top table, but after they stop extra-judicial killings, assassinations, white phosphorous, state seizure of property, mass punishment etc etc etc etc

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