Ex-Israeli spy chief Meir Dagan headlines motley group pressing for tougher sanctions against Iran

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Since stepping down as Mossad director early last year, former Israeli spy chief Meir Dagan has led the Israeli charge against an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. He has argued that Iran’s nuclear program has already been set back–(including by covert activities undertaken during his leadership of the Mossad)–and that Israel should continue to let the US-led international alliance pressure Iran to curb its nuclear program.

Today, Dagan takes his argument to the Wall Street Journal–notably in an oped jointly written by an international group of Iran hawks, including former CIA director Jim Woolsey, and two former George W. Bush administration officials aligned with the GOP, Mark Wallace, the head of United Against a Nuclear Iran, and Kristen Silverberg, former Bush-era ambassador to the EU. The oped argues that now is the time to double down on economic sanctions against Iran:

 

As the Iranian regime races to fulfill its nuclear ambitions, the world faces a stark choice. Our near future carries the risk of a military conflict with Iran, or a nuclear arms race in the already-volatile Middle East. It is still possible to avoid these outcomes, but only if like-minded nations act immediately to deliver a potentially decisive economic blow to the regime. Continue reading