Israel PM calls for naval blockade of Iran
Wed May 21, 4:56 AM ET
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has urged the United States to impose a naval blockade on Iran to pressure it to stop its controversial nuclear programme, the Haaretz daily reported on Wednesday.
Olmert raised the issue during a meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday with US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the newspaper said.
"The present economic sanctions on Iran have exhausted themselves," Olmert was quoted as telling the California Democrat.
Asked about the report, Olmert's spokesman Mark Regev would say only: "We do not confirm this information."
Rafi Eitan, a member of Olmert's security cabinet, said he also favoured air travel restrictions against Iran.
"A blockade of maritime and air routes against Iran is a good possibility," Eitan, the minister in charge of pensioners' affairs, told public radio.
"There are voices we hear in Washington that indicate the military option remains open," he added.
Israel, the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear power, suspects, like Washington, that Tehran's nuclear programme is cover for a drive to develop an atomic bomb, something Iran strongly denies.
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Prime Minister Ehud Olmert how about getting your own deep water Navy and putting them in harms way? When did our boys (and girls) in (Navy) blue become pawns on your chessboard? Sad thing is that not only will incurious George W. Bush think this a grand idea so will other people. Round up the usual suspects! Holy Joe Lieberman (Likud Party of Connecticut), come one down! Hillary Rodham Clinton, join the party! John McCain, reporting for duty! Barack Obama, follow Lieberman and Clinton like a lost puppy (your default setting.)