Netanyahu to the U.N.: With Iran, Israel will go forward alone
The Israeli Prime Minister calls for an iron fist against Tehran: "I would like to believe Rouhani, but I can't." U.S. Senate's doubts about applying new sanctions: "We are wondering whether it is right or not in view of the meeting in Geneva".

New York City (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Israel "will never allow Iran to complete its nuclear program. If it will be necessary, we will go on alone". Benjamin Netanyahu ended his speech yesterday at the United Nations General Assembly with these words, facing the empty chairs of the Iranian delegation, which had returned to Tehran on 28 September. The Israeli Prime Minister affirmed once more the need to not "ease up on the pressure", "not to accept partial agreements" and "to withdraw the sanctions only once disarmament has been verified". And he added: "Ronald Reagan suggested to trust but verify, my advice about Iran is not to trust, dismantle and then verify".

On the possibility of a diplomatic solution, the Prime Minister also stated that "only harsh sanctions, supported by a credible military threat, represent the way to bring Tehran to engage in dialogue; the world has in mind what happened in North Korea".

On October 15 and 16, the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany, will meet with an Iranian delegation in Geneva to restart negotiations on Tehran's nuclear program. The dialogue towards reconciliation in recent days between President Obama and Hassan Rouhani is instilling confidence in the international community about a positive resumption of negotiations.

The United States Senate, thus far aligned with Tel Aviv and which had been commissioned to launch a new round of sanctions by the end of September, has indicated in recent days their doubts about the effectiveness of this measure in view of Geneva. "There were conflicting opinions about the increase of pressure on the Iranian economy," said Sen. Bob Corker, "it was thought best to keep the current plan in place without approving new sanctions". According to some analysts, the Senate's hesitations would be attributed to efforts to create a more conciliatory climate in view of mid-October.