by David Bedein
Jerusalem - Israel is applying pressure to the United States and trying to persuade the administration to impose a naval blockade on Iran, in addition to the sanctions that the U.N. Security Council is expected to approve in the coming months.
Israel believes that these sanctions are “soft” and will not be able to stop the Iranian nuclear program and, therefore, it will be necessary to support them by an American naval blockade that will apply heavy pressure to the Iranian regime and demonstrate the seriousness of the intentions of the U.S. in particular and the West in general to prevent Iran from going nuclear. The U.S. administration, at this stage, is unenthusiastic about the idea, and the chances of implementing it now appear slim.
Discussions between Israel and the U.S. on this matter are now at their most critical stage. The visit to Israel by Vice President Joe Biden. Israeli diplomatic sources say that their goal in Mr. Biden’s visit was to try to recruit him for the idea of the naval blockade and, perhaps, for a number of other Israeli ideas regarding the sanctions.
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