In a Monday meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for world leaders to follow the United States in imposing new economic sanctions against Iran.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s Treasury Department’s announcement of sanctions against 25 Iranian individuals and companies to terrorists and Iran’s ballistic missile program came on Friday. Recently, Tehran launched a ballistic missile test, drawing immediate criticism from the Trump administration, who cited this test as one of the reasons for the freshly imposed sanctions.
Netanyahu voiced his support for Trump’s response.
“Iran seeks to annihilate Israel,” said Netanyahu to May, during their meeting. “It says so openly. It seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the World. And it offers provocation after provocation. That’s why I welcome President Trump’s insistence of new sanctions against Iran. I think other nations should follow soon, certainly responsible nations.”
Following an often unsympathetic relationship with former U.S. President Obama, President Trump’s friendliness towards Israel and Israeli interests seems to have bolstered Netanyahu’s rhetoric.
After the meeting between May and Netanyahu, a spokeswoman for the U.K. Prime Minister stressed British commitment to the enforcement of the Iranian nuclear deal and added that the the U.K. acknowledges Iran’s pattern of destabilizing activity in the Middle East.
President Trump has long expressed his opposition to the nuclear deal, pledging to “dismantle the deal” and “force the Iranians back to the bargaining table to make a much better deal.”
On February 15, Mr. Netanyahu will meet with Mr. Trump at the White House in Washington for talks.