Friday, June 11, 2010

Good News on Flotilla Investigation; Bad News on Iran Sanctions?

By Barry Rubin

According to Haaretz, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed that Israel will investigate the Gaza flotilla issue itself and that an international investigation will be opposed at this time by the United States. We will see if Obama keeps that commitment.

Meanwhile, however, the administration is seeking to water down the congressional resolutions calling for tough sanctions on Iran’s energy sector. Supposedly, once the UN approved softer measures, this would allow the United States to take a strong stand along with its European allies. But will this also be minimalized even though there is no real rationale for doing so since foreign support (Russia, China) won’t be needed?

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