Don’t Let Up on Iran Sanctions

Don’t Let Up on Iran Sanctions

AJC national radio message

October 7, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu recently spoke at the UN on the global threat posed by Iran.

He warned the world not to be fooled by the new Iranian President’s charm offensive, citing his long-standing support for Iran’s nuclear program.

What to do?

“First, keep up the sanctions,” the Israeli leader said. “If Iran advances its nuclear weapons program during negotiations, strengthen the sanctions.”

“Second, don’t agree to a partial deal. A partial deal would lift international sanctions that have taken years to put in place…for cosmetic concessions that will take only weeks for Iran to reverse.

“Third, lift the sanctions only when Iran fully dismantles its nuclear weapons program. If you want to knock out [the] program peacefully, don’t let up the pressure.

“We all want to give diplomacy with Iran a chance to succeed,” he noted, “but….the greater the pressure, the greater the chance.”

A powerful message!

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This is David Harris of AJC.