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Bank of Israel Governor Fischer to Woo China on Iran

Bank of Israel Gov. Stanley Fischer, accompanied by Minister Moshe Yaalon, are going to China to try and convince it to support sanctions on Iran.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/21/2010, 4:30 PM / Last Update: 2/21/2010, 4:18 PM

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to send Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer to China to try to convince the government there to support sanctions against Iran in the face of its insistence on developing nuclear weapon capacity.


China has been the least cooperative member of the United Nations Security Council, which has discussed placing crippling sanctions on Iran. It has the power to veto sanctions even if all other Security Council members support them.


Fischer is a respected figure in China. He has dealt with the country in the past when he served on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.


Accompanying Fischer will be former IDF Chief of Staff, Minister for Strategic Threats Moshe Yaalon. Yaalon will be entrusted with the military-intelligence aspects of the visit. He will try make clear to the Chinese how close Iran is to acquiring nuclear weapons, and how such a situation could threaten the entire world and not just Israel.


If the Iranian nuclear weapon plan is not thwarted and Iran arms itself with nuclear weapons, the Middle East will be destabilized and a regional nuclear arms race will begin, the Israeli delegation will tell the Chinese.


The two countries will also discuss strengthening trade ties between them.