“Israel pushing US for harsher sanctions, not airstrikes”

“Israel pushing US for harsher sanctions, not airstrikes”
July 7, 2009
     In contrast with rumors that the US may have given Israel a “green light” to attack Iran [covered previously here], Eli Lake reports that that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have not sought US approval for any such attack due to concern that the US would turn him down. Lake cites unnamed Israeli officials who say such a request would “make no sense” after the previous US administration rejected similar proposals in 2008 (Washington Times).
     Barak Ravid writes that Israel is, however, urging the US and other industrialized nations to prepare a “Plan B” including harsher sanctions should diplomacy with Iran fail. According to Ravid, although Washington has acknowledged the concerns of Israel and the EU3 over the absence a backup plan, the US position is that talks of stiffer sanctions would undermine any future dialogue with Iran (Haaretz).
Washington Times | Haaretz

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