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Israel thanks Trump as Iran sanctions take effect

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Israeli welcomed US sanctions that took effect Monday targeting Iran's and financial sectors, calling it a "critical" blow to Tehran's actions in the region.

"(Donald) Trump's bold decision is the sea-change the has been waiting for," Lieberman said in a statement.

"In a single move, the is dealing a critical blow to in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Trump, you've done it again! Thank you." Israeli on Saturday also thanked for the sanctions against his country's main enemy.

The measures described by as "the toughest sanctions ever" follow Trump's controversial decision in May to abandon the multi-nation nuclear deal with

They aim to significantly reduce Iran's exports -- which have already fallen by around one million barrels a day since May -- and cut it off from international

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

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

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

The other parties to the nuclear deal -- Britain, France, Germany, and -- opposed the US move and say the accord is working as intended in keeping from obtaining nuclear weapons for now.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 14:25 IST