President Obama tightens oil sanctions on Iran
Will that be enough for Israel?
- Duration 5:17
- Date Apr 1, 2012
Will that be enough for Israel?
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He did it President Obama on Friday tightening the economic -- on Iran by applying brand new and tough sanctions the goal -- to cut Iran's oil exports to the rest of the world.
Pressure that to -- -- should be more open about its atomic ambitions.
Is it enough -- diplomacy work.
What does Israel have in mind joining us now live -- -- -- former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations -- Fox News contributor.
And that's certainly to say good morning and tell our viewers at the same time very small delay good to -- use our.
Good to see you Jamie good morning great to have you here.
First and foremost are you still of the view as a secretary of state Hillary Clinton has said now.
The time for diplomacy is running out it are these sanctions too little too late.
That definitely ought Jamie that -- little and -- -- these functions are important if they were imposed a few months the goal maybe they even would have worked.
But you know today is April -- us there and the president announcing.
On March 3 -- -- that functions that they're going to stop taking place and you know being effective as -- June 28.
I hope this is not -- April fool's prank.
Because all we've doing is allowing -- that extreme fundamentalist.
Regime in Iraq.
To continue to develop nuclear -- nuclear weapon and threatened the rest of the world.
And what I'm hearing you say ambassador than what I'm hearing you say is that we need these sanctions because without them.
We they may escalate their ambitions although they're still in play and if you make that equation and say that the sanctions are.
Are good but not enough and that a couple of months makes a difference.
When will Israel take potentially unilateral action how close is Israel to doing that.
Israel is very close to doing that because I think the frustration.
At the rest of the world including the United States -- the international community doing nothing to convince -- -- That that means business.
Is very very very -- -- we have is an Iran which is intent on developing nuclear weapons this is the counselor.
Which is spreading throughout the world and threatening to kill humanity.
And when you have a comps -- and you have the threat.
Of imminent death by that counselor you don't say that you went to a minister stood -- three months -- and then see whether it works.
You're gonna go in and do something about it.
And we cannot wait for smoking gun because by the time there is a smoking gun.
The smoke would take the rest of the world -- -- and therefore the minutes.
All of the moment but no Raton which is not one they have the ball but when they have the cut off at the in the know how to -- that.
Is very very near and we don't have time to wait time is of the essence and time indeed is running out.
And now they are all what the rest of the world including the United States must do is make Iran mean.
Sure and believe that they mean business.
In terms of meaning business you believe that they are definitely working on a bomb we know that Israel is in.
In their sites and and it goes beyond that so many of us here in the United States -- are what Iran's ambitions are as well.
But I have to ask you this question when you watch the president meet with Medvedev.
And talk about missile defense in the fact that an election can't re election campaign is going on and this is something that he wants flexibility because he may.
Have to deal with that at some later point and you say there's no time to waste do you think this is an issue -- taken -- -- Burned by this White House.
I hope -- much not I hope that this White House and this very intelligent president know.
How serious this threat there's.
But at the moment at least I don't see the ferocity.
I don't see the result.
And I don't see the Iranians.
Really worried about the rest of the world meaning business and that is why I believe that the rest of the world -- that -- It must as the president said.
Maybe walk softly and carry -- heavy stick but that heavy stick.
Must be very up aren't and very very -- -- and if it's not then I assure you.
Israel will act because Israel -- -- the -- To live with a nuclear Iran -- as the rest of the world Kamal.
But we will make sure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapon and as I've said before if it means being criticized by the rest of the world.
We would rather be criticized that mold and when anybody criticizes as well let me just remind them one thing before you criticize an Israeli.
You first batter walk a mile in their shoes.
Then -- -- a mile away from them and you have their shoes.
Ambassador to very strong statement and and I appreciate your insight today I notice a grave concern for you.
Thanks for joining us.