Iran embargo, Quartet statement, AIPAC trial

Haaretz:Iran If you missed this news item from the print edition, here's what Aluf Benn and I were reporting Wednesday: The Bush administration is planning to propose a new resolution against Iran at the United Nations Security Council that will call for stepping up sanctions against Tehran in an effort to thwart its nuclear ambitions. The U.S. will seek to include a partial embargo on arms sales in the resolution, with particular emphasis on the types of weapons that can be used by terrorists.
In recent weeks, Israel has carried out a diplomatic campaign against the transfer of weapons to terrorist organizations, in an effort to establish this concept as part of a new international norm. At the center of the campaign lie the transfer of arms from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, that are viewed to be an expression of Tehran's policy of aggression. The head of the planning directorate at the IDF, Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, visited Washington last week and presented American officials with data on the transfer of arms from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah. Last week, a Foreign Ministry delegation headed by the deputy director for strategic affairs, Miriam Ziv, presented data on the arms transfers to Hezbollah to senior officials in the German Foreign Ministry. The Germans expressed some reservations about the validity of the data.


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