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Netanyahu Threatens to Deploy Israeli Navy to Enforce US Oil Sanctions on Iran

Sputnik – March 7, 2019

Earlier, despite threats to bring Tehran’s crude oil exports down “to zero,” Washington granted ‘temporary waivers’ on Iranian oil to major importers including China, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Greece, and Turkey, as well as Taiwan. Unless they are renewed, these waivers may expire in May.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to deploy the Israeli Navy to help tackle suspected Iranian efforts to smuggle out oil via maritime routes to skirt US sanctions.

“Iran is trying to circumvent the sanctions through covert oil smuggling over maritime routes, and to the extent that these attempts widen, the Navy will have a more important role in blocking these Iranian actions,” Netanyahu said, speaking to graduates of the Israeli Naval Academy in Haifa on Wednesday, according to the Jerusalem Post.

“I call on the entire international community to stop Iran’s attempts to circumvent the sanctions by sea, and of course, by [other] means,” Netanyahu added.

The prime minister did not clarify how the Israeli Navy, whose fleet consists mostly of coastal patrol ships, missile boats, corvettes and support ships, would tackle the suspected Iranian oil smuggling, or whether Israeli efforts would include preparedness for direct armed confrontation at sea. At present, the Israeli Navy operates primarily in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea.

Boarding merchant vessels in international waters without the flag state’s permission is illegal under the Convention on the High Seas, and may be interpreted as an act of aggression.

Tehran has repeatedly warned that it may resort to closing the Strait of Hormuz, a key strategic waterway through which roughly 20 percent of the world’s oil passes, if it is provoked into doing so and its oil exports interfered with. Oil exports are a vital lifeline for Iran’s economy, with the country exporting some $40.1 billion of crude oil in 2017, contributing to nearly 5 percent of total world supplies.

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  1. What self-important blowhards the Zios are! Any of their ships that attacked an Iranian vessel would be sunk in short order, so my guess is they won’t actually attempt to do anything, it’s all theatre.

    Comment by traducteur | March 7, 2019 | Reply

  2. Another threat, another action Israel “is considering” which will ignite an even larger war than it instigated in the middle east, a larger war it will want to wage with participation by those countries which it has entangled in an alliance, an allegiance to it.

    Woe betides those countries, their citizens who are ignorant of how Israel is conducting war, “…by way of deception.”

    And all the while, Israel and its world-wide advocates will put forth endless lies and rationals for Israel.

    Comment by michael | March 7, 2019 | Reply

    • “I call on the entire international community to stop Iran’s attempts to circumvent the sanctions by sea, and of course, by [other] means,” Netanyahu added.

      I don’t think the International community could give a ‘Tinkers Cuss’ about what Netanyahu wants, after all, Israel has ignored around 100 UN General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel’s appalling behaviour against the Palestinians.
      And anyway, The USA’s habit of imposing sanctions on other countries is an act of Financial War, and who gave the USA the right to throw it’s weight around, when these matters should be dealt with at the U.N.?

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | March 7, 2019 | Reply

  3. What a bunch of bullshit by a motherfucking cocksucker. You just can’t trust them.

    Comment by tsisageya | March 7, 2019 | Reply

  4. Oops. I’m trying to quit cussing.

    Comment by tsisageya | March 7, 2019 | Reply

    • I guess the asshole is not in jail yet? That’s okay. He’ll be in Hell soon enough.

      Comment by tsisageya | March 7, 2019 | Reply

  5. What? I implied that nutty yahoo would be going to hell? Why delete such a delicious comment? This one too? Let’s see.

    Comment by tsisageya | March 7, 2019 | Reply

  6. Yep. Tells me a lot, aletho.

    Comment by tsisageya | March 7, 2019 | Reply

  7. There you go again. I don’t appreciate that.

    Comment by tsisageya | March 7, 2019 | Reply

  8. It tells me that I can no longer depend on you.

    Comment by tsisageya | March 7, 2019 | Reply

  9. Look in the mirror Israeli Jew…the continual projection of stolen Syrian oil since day one of Syrian invasion…not to mention ongoing invasion and occupation of the Golan. Open mouth, admit guilt. Long to see your navy “Sunk in the Waters” as your intended desire with the USS Liberty. Viva Iran.

    Comment by Sparrow | March 8, 2019 | Reply

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