Skip to comments.Israel calls for "paralysing" sanctions on Iran ('Syria's Assad family could fall within weeks')
Posted on 12/12/2011 11:25:31 AM PST by Libloather
Israel calls for "paralysing" sanctions on Iran
Reuters 15 hours ago
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's ruling clerics could use nuclear weapons to strengthen their grip on power and the world must urgently impose crippling sanctions to prevent them from building such arms, Israel's defence minister said on Sunday.
Ehud Barak also predicted that Syria's ruling Assad family could fall within weeks and that this would be a "blessing" for the Middle East.
"Something is wrong with this family, the way they suppress the will of the Syrian people, killing them, slaughtering their own people," he told a conference in Vienna.
Asked about prospects for an Israeli attack on its arch foe Iran's nuclear sites, Barak said he still believed that it was "time for urgent, coherent, paralysing" punitive steps targeting Iranian oil trade and its central bank.
"Nothing short of this kind of sanctions will work," Barak said, adding there was a need for a "direct attack, isolation, by the whole world" of the Iranian central bank.
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My gut says if Syria falls it’s going to be domino effect of chaos spreading in the region.