Lets check in on Israel's feelings towards the UN action in furthering the sanctions against Iran due to their nuclear program.
Yesterday, the UN Security Council voted 12-2 to intensify sanctions against Iran. Turkey and Brazil voted against. Turkey, due to it's strategic ties to Iran at the moment and Brazil, due to their efforts to bring about a comprehensive plan to avert another middle east crisis.
Thus the world powers, by and large, sent a signal against Iran. But is it strong enough… did it go far enough?
In the Security Council's decision on an additional round of sanctions, the most severe to date, they are in essence responding to Iran's continuation of their nuclear program that operates without the control and observation of the international community.
Iran has already come out saying that the sanctions will not hurt their nuclear program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the sanctions aren't worth anything, and that Iran will throw them in the garbage.
But this is an achievement for US diplomacy, as Russia and China joined in on the UN steps against Iran.
Nonetheless, the assessment in Israel is that the sanctions will not prevent the building of a nuclear bomb in Iran – it will only delay it.
Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has taken the opputunity to ask the world to continue with aggressive measures against Iran. He reacted with satisfaction to the sanctions decision but made it clear that more must be done: “We hope that today's positive step will be followed by strong action on the part of individual countries including those targeting Iran's energy sector.”
Israel's point is that it welcomes these new sanctions – but there are sanctions in place already, and that this is a good step forward – but not good enough. They were expecting more.
But the US is satisfied. The Obama administration feels that the foundation has been laid for tightening the siege on Iran, including striking at it's shipping and fuel.
But not all the world's voices are so advantageous; Russia has said that there are these sanctions in place – which means that the world expects Israel not to carry out a strike upon Iran's nuclear facilities.
Israel's Foreign Minister, Mr. Avigdor Liberman, who is currently in the US, said that the sanctions will not stop the Iranian nuclear project. While he did welcome the Security Council decision to intensify sanctions on Tehran, he made it clear that, to him, the really significant thing is what the international community's next step will be.
Middle East Correspondent