Now Is Not the Time to Extend Sanctions Relief to Iran

March 27 2020

Last week, Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to call on the U.S. government to suspend some or all sanctions on the Islamic Republic, lest Washington be guilty of “contributing to [the] humanitarian disaster” brought about by the coronavirus. A similar case has been made by other opponents of the sanctions, but such arguments uniformly misunderstand why the effects of COVID-19 have been so severe in Iran. Danielle Pletka explains that not sanctions but the ayatollahs’ misallocation of resources lie at the heart of the country’s current public-health crisis:

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More about: Coronavirus, Hamas, Hizballah, Iran, Iran sanctions, U.S. Foreign policy

 

The Sinister Attacks on Israeli Offers of Aid to Lebanon

Aug. 10 2020

“The only encouraging thing” about the deadly explosion in Beirut, wrote the former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt on Twitter, “is that even Israel has been quick in offering humanitarian aid.” Had Bildt been better informed, he might have known that there is nothing new or unusual about the Jewish state offering humanitarian assistance to its Arab neighbors—or to more far-flung nations. Yet his bizarre comment was less hostile than the reactions of those who rushed to dismiss the offer as a meaningless public-relations stunt. Lahav Harkov writes:

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More about: Israel diplomacy, Lebanon