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WSJ: Israel alters calculus on Iran after growing unrest
October 6, 2012 14:35

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the protests in Iran linked to the country's weakening currency is causing Israeli officials to reconsider the likelihood of an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear targets in the coming months.

According to the Journal, the protests have raised hopes in Israel that international sanctions are working to undermine Tehran.

The Journal quoted an Israeli official as saying: "Everything has changed" since the outbreak of the demonstrations on Wednesday. "You can't say now that the sanctions are having no impact at all. It is self-evident.''

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Iran was seeing the first buds of a "Persian Spring," and that Israel has an interest in lobbying the international community to encourage regime change by bolstering internal opposition groups.

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