Israel backs U.S. sanctions on Iran
Washington Post / Howard Schneider
31-Dec-2009 (6 comments)

JERUSALEM -- Israeli officials say they will support President Obama's move to impose sanctions on Iran as a next step in the standoff over the country's nuclear program, though the narrower measures being considered by the White House may fall short of the "crippling" restrictions advocated here.

With the United States' year-end deadline expiring for Iran to resolve the issue, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is "focused on working with the international community to upgrade the pressure on Iran in a way that makes the Iranian regime know that its nuclear program is unacceptable, that they are going to pay a price that will make them rethink," said Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev. Obama "has been successful in galvanizing an international coalition that many people were cynical about. We are on the same page."

The endorsement is an important one from a country that is considered the most likely to launch a military strike to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust and anti-Israeli rhetoric have led Netanyahu to compare the current era to the years preceding World War II, and Israeli officials have said all options are open in preparing for what some regard as an "existential" threat.

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Veiled Prophet of Khorasan:

by Bavafa on

If there was a reasonable chance that sanction would bring this IRI regime to its knees and cause its demise, I would be for it too, very much so. But I have little doubt that the primary victim of the sanction would be first this great movement/uprising and second victim would be ordinary people.


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


There is no justice in the world. We are on our own. As for the sanctions I do not support the reasons behind them. But I want IRI brought to its knees. Therefore the sanctions may have the effect of paralyzing the regime. If that brings on change it may be worth it. 


Ali Jaan

by Fatollah on

as if this is news! why am I not surprised!


If there is any sense of justice, US should impose sanction on

by Bavafa on

Ezrael, but that would be the day.



How Crazy is the Islamist Iran?

by MM on

Even if the Un-Islamic Islamist regime of Iran acquires nuclear weapons:

* I do not see a convenient method of delivery that would not reveal the source of the nuclear weapon which will force Israel to obliterate Iran with hundreds of nuclear weapons they possess already.

* I do not see a convenient place for the detonation of the nuclear weapon that will not harm/contaminate Jerusalem, the third holiest place in Islam, as well as the friendly neighbors so closely surrounding Israel including IRI-friendly organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

Is IRI so foolish, so confident of their methods or am I missing something here?

Targeted sanctions work to limit the fanatic agents of IRI inside and outside of Iran, while broad-based sanctions will mostly hurt the people of Iran.


Shocking! NOT.

by HollyUSA on

Good to see u btw!