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Iran Calls For Oil Embargo On Israel As Middle East Tensions Flare Up

  • Iran has called for a complete and immediate oil embargo on Israel as air strikes on the Gaza Strip continue.
  • The calls came hours after a blast at a hospital in Gaza killed a reported 500 people, with both sides blaming each other for the blast.
  • Oil prices climbed on Wednesday morning as rising tensions in the Middle East threaten supply.

Iran is calling for an oil embargo on Israel over the latest deadly air strikes on the Gaza Strip amid growing tensions in the Middle East just as U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Israel.

Iran wants “an immediate and complete embargo on the Zionist regime by Islamic countries, an oil embargo against the regime,” according to a statement from the foreign ministry on Telegram quoted by Bloomberg.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has also called for Muslim countries to expel their respective Israeli ambassadors if they have diplomatic relations with Israel.

Amirabdollahian warned, “If the war crimes do not stop and the ongoing genocide by the apartheid Zionist regime in Gaza continues, the situation in the region will spiral out of control”.

Amirabdollahian met with his Kuwaiti counterpart on the sidelines of an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s Executive Committee in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 

The emergency meeting is taking place hours after a missile strike on a hospital in Gaza killed about 500 people, with Israel’s army and Hamas blaming each other for the attack, which sent oil prices jumping by more than 2% early on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Biden arrived in Israel on Wednesday to discuss the conflict. Following the bombing of the hospital, a meeting of Arab leaders and Biden in Jordan was canceled. Biden claimed that, from what he has seen, the explosion at the hospital was not carried out by Israel but by “the other team”.

Israel is a small oil importer, but the further escalation of the Hamas-Israel war into the wider Middle East is not being ruled out, and analysts are increasingly concerned about supply from the world’s most important oil-exporting region.

With Saudi Arabia also taking a pro-Palestine stance in its recent conversations with the U.S., the possibility for a quick end of the fighting is fading away while the possibility of greater regional involvement appears to be rising if oil prices are any indication.  

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com


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  • Mamdouh Salameh on October 18 2023 said:
    Iran’s call for an oil embargo on Israel is in many ways reminiscent of the 1973 Arab embargo on Israel and the United States. How things have changed since then. In 1973 Iran under the pro-West Shah refused to join the Arab embargo and in 2023 with Iran antagonistic towards both the United States and Israel, it is possible that the Arab oil producers might decline Iran’s call.

    Iran’s call aims to achieve two geopolitical objectives:

    1- To shame the Arab countries into taking action against Israel by joining Iran’ embargo call and

    2- To warn the United States and Israel against taking the opportunity under trumped up claims of Iranian involvement to attack Iranian nuclear installations. Were this to happen, there will be a full scale war involving Hiznullah and Hamas and a disruption of the oil flow through the Strait of Hormuz. This could plunge the world in a very disastrous oil crisis made all the more more punishing by a tight market and a robust global oil demand particularly if Iran manages to block the Strait of Hormuz.

    Moreover, it doesn’t need Albert Einstein to tell us that that the missile strike on a hospital in Gaza which totally obliterated the hospital and killed about 500 people was an Israeli missile most probably supplied by Israel’s biggest ally the United States. Hamas missiles against Israel cause little damage because of their small explosive payloads. Furthermore, the world has been witnessing how Israel’s missile strikes are destroying one multi-story building after another completely in Gaza city.

    Yet, President Biden who arrived in Israel on Wednesday to discuss the conflict claimed that, from what he has seen, the explosion at the hospital was not carried out by Israel but by “the other team”.

    Does the other team mean Iran or Hizbullah? If so then Iran is right to warn of a widening conflict in the Middle East with both the United States and Israel attacking it under trumped up claims.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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