Today, the United States' latest sanctions on Iran take effect, pushing the Islamic Republic to change. Writing at JNS, Israeli expert on Iran Menashe Amir says the sanctions will hopefully remove Iranian threats, including its missile program, its intervention in neighboring Middle East countries, and its support of terrorist organizations:
U.S. President Donald Trump is rubbing his hands in triumph: His method of putting pressure on the Iranian regime, hoping to reopen the 2015 nuclear agreement, from which he withdrew in May, is succeeding.
The U.S. president’s openly declared goal was to force Iran back to the negotiating table, where the United States would dictate terms that would bar it from any chance of developing a nuclear weapon. But Trump’s vision for Iran is even broader: He wants the Iranian threat removed completely, including the regime’s missile program, its armed intervention in neighboring countries and its support of terrorist organizations. The U.S. president isn’t the only one who aspires to this scenario. Israel and the Gulf Arab states, which are quaking in fear of Iran’s military prowess and its ability to operate regional terrorism, are making the same demands.
On Monday, the first stage of the reinstated U.S. sanctions will take effect. But for months already, the economic situation in Iran has been increasingly less stable. America has convinced several countries to stop purchasing oil from Iran. And in Iran, masses are heading into the streets to protest the growing economic distress. The exchange rate for foreign currency, which doubled in a week, is seen as an expression of the people’s lack of confidence in their regime’s ability to repair the economy...