Shelly Yacimovich with Martin Schultz 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Shelly Yacimovich)
Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich on Wednesday told EU diplomats that international
sanctions on Iran were working and called on EU countries to increase efforts to
convince Iran to relinquish its illicit nuclear program.
Brussels, Yacimovich said “in recent days we were witness to economic and social
protests in Iran, which are a direct result of economic sanctions.”
added: “You now hold the keys. Your job is to increase these sanctions, because
the more pressure there is on Iran, the larger the potential is for Iran to give
up its nuclear program.”
Speaking in the European Parliament, Yacimovich
said that “Europe looks at Israel via the conflict with the Palestinians and
does not realize that regular people in Israel worry about their employment as
much as they hope for peace and security.”
Yacimovich also addressed
problems in the global economy, and took the opportunity to attack “unbridled
capitalism” as the cause of financial collapse. “Even in Israel we are learning
this,” she said. “The idea that government is the problem and a free market the
solution has been proven false.”
Yacimovich shortened her trip and headed
back to Israel later that day because of early elections.