July 1 Brings Stronger Sanctions into Effect
Although The European sanctions were enacted earlier this year, they mainly came into effect on July 1st. These sanctions include a ban in imports of Iranian oil and measures that make it more difficult for other countries to trade with Iran. The hope is that these sanctions will weaken Iran’s economy and force it to slow down its nuclear advancements. Western countries say Iran is nearing production of an atomic weapon. Last July, several team members from Song For Israel visited Washington DC to meet with our Senators and Congressmen to ask for strong sanctions on Iran for this very reason. We were pleased that we were met with agreement and appreciation for our visit and position. (Click here to view that post).
The U.S. government has encouraged Israel not to attack Iran even though their continual threat is to “wipe Israel off the face of the earth.” But Israel says it could attack, should these diplomatic measure fail to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear goals. The U.S. hopes that the European Union’s oil ban might force Iran to negotiate more positively at the next round of nuclear talks, which are scheduled for this week in Istanbul.
Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Guard General Amir Ali Hajzedeh announced that this coming week, they will be missile testing and that these exercises should be viewed as a strong message that “the Islamic Republic of Iran is resolute in standing up to…bullying, and will respond to any possible evil decisively and strongly.”
Song For Israel is grateful that our United States Senators and Congressmen heard our voices a year ago and took positive action toward strong sanctions against Iran. We are glad that our voices were heard as we cried out. At the same time, it is good to remember that we don’t have to travel far distances to have our voices heard by the God of Heaven, as we take these matters to Him in prayer. Please pray for the nuclear talks this week in Istanbul and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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