President Reuven Rivlin (right) shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon her arrival at the presidential compound in Jerusalem on October 4, 2018. (AFP)

October 6, 2018

President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday urged visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to join the US in imposing economic sanctions on Iran to ensure global “stability.”

In a speech ahead of a luncheon at his official Jerusalem residence, Rivlin called on Berlin to stop looking for ways to skirt the sanctions and keep the Iran nuclear deal alive.

“From our point of view, now is the time to join the effective sanctions on Iran and not to circumvent them,” Rivlin said. “The Iranian beast must be starved and not fed. This is the only way to guarantee the stability of the world.”

In her own remarks afterward, Merkel brushed past Germany’s differences with Israel regarding the nuclear deal, saying the two allies would continue their dialogue about the issue.

Rivlin also thanked Merkel for her staunch support of Israel and the German government’s efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

“The lesson of history is this: We must show zero tolerance for anti-Semitism and racism. Zero tolerance. Wherever there is fruitful ground for such a thing, we need to uproot these terrible threats, as you all know,” he said.


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