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Col. Eran Lerman: “Trump and Netanyahu cannot get backing on the nuclear deal but they can get Europe to take a stand on the missiles.”

World Israel News, 25.1.2018

By Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not a ‘lone wolf’ in Davos, Switzerland, this week, where he is trying to convince world leaders, especially from Europe, that there must be changes in the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the world powers in 2015. This time Netanyahu has the President of the United States firmly at his side with a unified message about the deal, which is “fix it or nix it.”

Israeli analysts say European leaders will likely not agree to re-open the agreement as demanded by Israel and the US, but they could get more positive feedback to demands that Iran end its ballistic missile program as well as its support for radical Islamic terror.

Dr. Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan University told World Israel News (WIN) that most European leaders are reluctant to engage in confrontation to reopen the matter. “Part of European reluctance has to do with contracts and jobs that were created when sanctions on Iran were lifted. But on the issue of demanding an end to Iranian ballistic missile testing, the Europeans can be convinced to take action,” Steinberg said.

Col. Eran Lerman of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategic Studies agrees that “Trump and Netanyahu cannot get backing on the nuclear deal but they can get Europe to take a stand on the missiles, and moderate Arab states are backing them up on this issue.”

Another issue of importance to the Europeans is that of Middle East refugees who continue to flood the continent, Steinberg told WIN. “Europe sees Syrian Sunnis being driven out of their country and reaching Europe. They realize that the refugees will never leave their countries until the Iran-controlled Assad regime allows it to happen,” he said.

 

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