Israel: might be admitted as new CERN member on December 12

Bypassing EU funding ban on Israeli projects beyond '67 borders

12 November, 18:22

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, 12 NOV - Israel may be the first non-European State to join the European Nuclear Research Council (CERN), Haaretz daily reported Tuesday.

    Based in Geneva, CERN operates the world's largest particle physics laboratory.

    Its 20 member States must vote unanimously to admit a new member, which could take place at the next CERN council meeting on December 12. ''It's a very long and complex process, but votes have favored Israel in the past. We are in the running and trust that we will become full-fledged members on December 12'', Israeli UN Ambassador Eviatar Manor told Haaretz. Israel's candidacy might succeed because it would not require EU funds, scientists and diplomats told the newspaper.

    The EU recently stopped funding Israeli projects based beyond the 1967 borders in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

    Established in 1955 as a joint effort to foster international cooperation and understanding, CERN allows smaller countries to participate in advanced physics experiments without having to unnecessarily burden their science budgets. (ANSAmed).

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