Politicians in the region, however, praised Trump's strategy."I think we are still in favor of maximum pressure — absolutely," said Omar Ghobash, the UAE's assistant minister for culture and public diplomacy."Was it successful? We think it will succeed," he told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Sunday.
We don't have a problem with rapprochement with Iran, but … it needs to be conditional, it needs to be participatory.Omar GhobashUAE's assistant minister for culture and public diplomacyFor its part, Iran has slammed the Trump administration and
called on Biden to return to the nuclear deal."Tyrant Trump's political career and his ominous reign are over today and his 'maximum pressure' policy on Iran has completely failed," said President Hassan Rouhani, according to Reuters. headtopics.com
'Only policy' that workedIsraeli politicians have also expressed support for the maximum pressure policy."We thought that the maximum pressure policy with regard to Iran was very productive," Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told CNBC's Hadley Gamble.
"Iran was weakening, Iran [had] to reduce its military-force building and also its support to some terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and others in the region," he said on Wednesday.Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim political and militant group with significant influence in Lebanon, has been designated a terrorist organization by the mainly Sunni Muslim Gulf Cooperation Council and countries including the U.S., Canada and Germany.
The only thing that [works] with Iran is economic pressure, combined with a valid military threat.Yuval SteinitzIsrael's Energy MinisterFleur Hassan-Nahoum, deputy mayor of Jerusalem and co-founder of the UAE-Israel Business Council, echoed the same sentiment.
"It is the only thing that will work," she said on"Capital Connection"on Thursday. "Anything else is a capitulation.""It's not going to be Israel fighting on its own here, to try and keep the maximum pressure," she said, pointing out that Israel now has friends in the region who share the same concerns. headtopics.com
Israel signed the so-called Abraham Accordswith the UAE in August, ushering in a new era of normalized diplomatic relations between the two countries after decades of antagonism. The tiny kingdom of Bahrain followed suit and established ties with Israel.
"It's going to be Israel, the Gulf countries and possibly even Saudi Arabia, that's going to be putting the pressure on the United States to keep the pressure on Iran, and I think that that's the only policy that's shown any signs of working," Hassan-Nahoum said.Read more: CNBC »
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Now Iran has an ally in the WH. The rest of the Mideast better look out. Trump the real president Saudi Arabia and their satellites. The whole thing is basically you have sheer Muslims and Sunni Muslims Saudi Arabia are Sunni Muslims Iran is Shia Muslims and those two hate each other worse than they hate any other religions we need to stop taking sides in order to find these
biden will be to weak Absolutely no one cares what the Middle East leaders think about trump. Biden can’t be bought. So they’ll have to deal in policy not cash. Obama / Biden gave Iran 190+ Billion in cash, I'm pretty sure Biden is more inclined to agree with the mullah's than the Sunnis Americans don’t