(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday in Rome that the Iran sanctions regime “has started to weaken and very quickly,” and is liable to collapse if “tangible steps are not taken soon.” Iran is receiving $7 billion in sanctions relief through its recently reached deal with world powers.
Earlier on Sunday, former prime minister Ehud Olmert said in a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv that Israel had “declared war on the U.S.” through its vocal opposition of the Iran nuclear program deal. In his remarks in Rome, Netanyahu responded to Olmert without mentioning him by name.
“The U.S. was, is, and will be the greatest friend of Israel. As prime minister of Israel, I have warned time and time again about the dangers connected with the Iranian nuclear program. In contrast to others, when I see that interests vital to the security of Israel’s citizens are in danger, I will not be silent.”