Israel’s foreign minister to international community: Step up pressure on Iran

Israel is working hard to establish close ties with the Arab Gulf States by establishing economic and technological initiatives with them, Katz said.

By World Israel News Staff

Foreign Minister Israel Katz has called on the international community to follow the America’s lead and apply “maximum pressure” on the Iranian regime.

“The U.S. sanctions against Iran are important and effective and the maximum pressure campaign must be continued,” Katz said on Thursday at Jerusalem Post’s Diplomatic Conference.

“We see the demonstrations in Iraq, Lebanon and also in Iran and it is clear that the pressure is working. The public in the Arab states and in Iran itself are rising against Iran’s brutal oppression.”

“Now is the time for the world, led by the United States, to have an effective military threat against the Iranian regime, if it will continue its nuclear program,” he said.

The foreign minister also said that this is the moment for Israel to capitalize on the unique opportunity the Iranian threat poses to the entire region.

“Together with the threats, there are also opportunities to advance Israel’s relations with the Arab Gulf States. I am promoting, together with the Prime Minister, and in full support of the United States,” he said.

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Katz said Israel is working hard to establish close ties with the Arab Gulf States by establishing economic and technological initiatives with them.

“Israel has a lot of capabilities in many areas, including hi-tech, innovation, agriculture and water technology, which can help the Gulf States, and the Gulf States have many capabilities that can help Israel as well,” he said.

Katz also relayed his hope that his ‘Tracks for Regional Peace’ will come to fruition.

“Tracks for Regional Peace” is an initiative proposed by Katz in 2017 to create a rail network from Israel that stretches through Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the Gulf.