Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Saturday that the Iranian economy is
very susceptible to sanctions.
"Iran is a very vulnerable country and
we can hurt it by by imposing tough economic sanctions. We can use this
option as a viable alternative to a military strike."
Speaking at a conference in Beersheba, Ayalon added that Iran will be hurt further in
the event that Syria's Bashar Assad falls. "I do no think that Assad
will vanish in the near future. But it is clear that whoever replaces
him will be preferable to the current regime. Iran will be hurt very
much by the fall of Bashar Assad."