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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Yaalon: Election year considerations behind caution over sanctions

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe "Boogie" Yaalon is disappointed that election year considerations have led to caution over sanctions. What did he expect?
Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon voiced disappointment with the Obama administration on Sunday, saying "election-year considerations" lay behind its caution over tough Iran sanctions sought by US legislators.

While Washington has been talking tougher about Iran's nuclear work and threat to block oil export routes out of the Gulf if hit with harsher sanctions, new US measures adopted on December 31 gave US President Barak Obama leeway on the scope of penalties on the Iranian central bank and oil exports.

The senior official contrasted the administration's posture to that of France and Britain, which he said "are taking a very firm stand and understand sanctions must be imposed immediately."

"In the United States, the Senate passed a resolution, by a majority of 100-to-one, to impose these sanctions, and in the US administration there is hesitation for fear of oil prices rising this year, out of election-year considerations," Yaalon told Israel Radio.

"In that regard, this is certainly a disappointment, for now."
Yaalon's complaint should be sent to every Republican candidate other than Ron Paul.

But actually, I think we're lucky it's an election year. Otherwise, Obama would have vetoed the sanctions (and then been overridden) and would absolutely refuse to apply them altogether.

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