Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has welcomed US sanctions targeting Iran’s oil and financial sectors, calling it a “critical” blow to Tehran’s actions in the region.

“President (Donald) Trump’s bold decision is the sea-change the Middle East has been waiting for.

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“In a single move, the United States is dealing a critical blow to Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq and Yemen. President Trump, you’ve done it again! Thank you,” Lieberman said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday also thanked Trump for the sanctions against his country’s main enemy.

Israel had long opposed the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was too limited in scope and timeframe.

It also said the lifting of sanctions allowed Iran to finance militant groups and its own military activity.

Israel is particularly concerned with Iran’s involvement in neighbouring Syria and has pledged to keep it from entrenching itself militarily there.