- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 9, 2010

As Iran continues to develop its weapons arsenal, its leadership in Tehran constantly reminds the international community that it wants to see an end to Israel’s existence.

Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism and operates through various proxies, notably Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Iran-backed terrorists in Gaza have fired at least 170 rockets and other weapons at Israel so far this year, despite the fact that it’s been five years since there was a single Israeli settlement in Gaza.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) trains troops around the world and covertly supplies weapons to advance “Iranian interests” - acts that include killing Americans. Imagine if they had nuclear weapons.

The United States should press its allies to enact a new round of sanctions aimed at isolating the Iranian Central Bank, which finances and facilitates the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. All options must remain on the table should sanctions fail.


JACQUELINE GATES

Frostburg, Md.