Battered Israel relieved to take back seat on Iran sanctions
While Israel had called for 'crippling' Iran sanctions, in the wake of its fatal Gaza flotilla raid officials knows they have little political capital to push for more aggressive action than the US has taken.
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For Netanyahu, the vote was a welcome global spotlight shift after more than a week of intense international pressure on Israel for an external investigation of its raid on the main boat of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara. Turkey and Brazil, which had brokered an 11th-hour nuclear fuel swap deal with Iran in a bid to avoid sanctions, were the only two countries on the 15-member council to oppose the vote – although Lebanon abstained.Skip to next paragraph
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Iran unlikely to 'rethink' its nuclear aspirations – analyst
While Israel has been relatively quiet publicly, national security commentator Ronen Bergman wrote that Israeli officials have privately knocked the measures approved yesterday as too weak. But he took issue with such views.
Writing in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, he said the measures would have a "considerable tactical effect'' on the Iranian military establishment and nuclear program by limiting the purchase of equipment – and by hurting companies and banks that finance the build-up. But ultimately, he said, the sanctions will not achieve Israel's ultimate goal.
"The bad news is that all this will probably not change the Iranian determination to reach the bomb,'' he wrote. "Only sanctions that inflict serious harm to the Iranian economy and cause distress to the Iranian people are liable to cause the regime to feel that its future is in danger – and rethink the whole matter. The sanctions imposed yesterday are not sanctions of this kind.''
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