Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for “overwhelming sanctions” against Iran, after further evidence of Iran’s disengagement from the nuclear deal and alleged Israeli state raids against pro-Iranian elements.
Iran is Israel’s number one enemy, which it says fears that its rival will acquire nuclear weapons, a precision missile program from neighboring Lebanon, and military bases at its borders in Syria, where Tehran supports Bashar al-Assad against the various rebellions.
At least 12 pro-Iranian fighters, including Iraqis and Afghans, were killed in air strikes on Saturday night against pro-Iranian forces headquarters in eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory. of human rights (OSDH)
According to the OSDH, the Hebrew state was “probably” behind these attacks. In recent weeks, air strikes attributed to Israel have increased in Syria, without the Israeli army confirming or denying it.
“The coronavirus will not diminish our resolve to act against Iran’s aggression. I want to say it again: Israel will not let Iran get nuclear weapons and will continue to act systematically against its attempts to “establish a military presence at our borders,” Netanyahu said at a government meeting.
The air strikes occurred the day after the publication of a new report on Friday by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) according to which Iran continues to increase its stock of enriched uranium and persists in block the inspection of two old sites.
In this context, Israel urges the international community to join the United States in imposing “overwhelming sanctions” on Iran.
“I believe it is time, in fact the time has already passed, but it is certainly time now in the light of these new revelations, that the international community join the United States and reimpose overwhelming sanctions on Iran “added Mr. Netanyahu.
This posture complicates efforts to try to save the framework of the 2015 international agreement on Iranian nuclear power, which the United States closed in 2018 and from which Tehran has been gradually withdrawing since May 2019.
In the short term, Israel is trying to convince European countries, notably France, to support a draft resolution aimed at prolonging an arms embargo against Iran expiring next October, a diplomatic source in Jerusalem told AFP. .