Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz urged Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper to exercise his influence on ally governments with regard
to lifting sanctions on Iran before their nuclear program is completely
“Canada is very influential and can exercise its
influence elsewhere – in Europe, in China, in America, in Russia, and
elsewhere. It’s very important," he told Canadian daily Globe and Mail
in an interview published on Sunday.
During a trip to North
American where he is scheduled to meet with Canadian and American
officials, Steinitz also told Harper that Iran's uranium enrichment
capability must cease, and that pressure is the only way to achieve
"The world should tell them, enough is enough. … If you
decide to proceed with your military nuclear project, you will destroy
the Iranian economy, and maybe expose yourselves to military attack,” he
was reported as saying.
“The greater the pressure, the greater
the chances for diplomacy to succeed,” Steinitz reportedly said. “This
is the main working tool. Actually the only tool.”
He also told
the Canadian newspaper that Israel is a “democratic, reliable, trustable
state” and it’s “Iran that is threatening Israel’s existence, and not
Steinitz added that Iran is attempting to save their
economy as well as their nuclear project, regardless of pressure, and
Western governments should not allow this.
"There is no third way. Nothing in between. No place to maneuver.”
Steinitz also met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird who has made several trips to Israel in the past.
He is scheduled to meet with American officials beginning on Tuesday.