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Netanyahu Seeks ‘Dirty Harry’ Moment With Iran as Trump Arrives

  • Top priority is sanctions against Iranian missiles, Oren says
  • Israel also wants buffer from Syria fighting, open Saudi ties
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Trump Heads to Middle East With White House in Crisis

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On the eve of Donald Trump’s first visit to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to ask the U.S. president to impose tough new sanctions on Iran for threatening Israel with ballistic missiles and bankrolling terrorism, a close adviser said.

The restrictions would aim to inflict damage the way that blocking money transfers did before Iran signed the 2015 agreement to curtail its nuclear program, said Michael Oren, a deputy cabinet minister to Netanyahu and former ambassador to the U.S. The Israeli leader was among the most outspoken opponents of the deal and is prepared for renewed confrontation if Iran violates its terms, he said.