Iran Deal ‘Paves The Path’ For The Bomb, Says Ambassador
Terms of the Iran deal “pave the path” for acquiring a nuclear bomb, says Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.
Although Israel and surrounding Arab countries have the most at risk in the event of a nuclear-armed Iran or a military confrontation, they aren’t involved in the negotiations, argued Dermer at The Heritage Foundation Thursday. The negotiating group, known as the P5+1, is made up of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China.
Dermer outlined Iran’s expanding military influence, saying the Shiite power has control over four Arab capitals — Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad and Sanaa. Iran-backed Shiite militias have taken a prominent role in battling the Islamic State in Iraq. Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanon-based terror proxy, is fighting to uphold the embattled Syrian regime. In Yemen, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are reportedly training Shiite, Houthi rebels.
Through Hezbollah and Iran’s support for Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Iran has established two fronts for attacking Israel. Dermer says Iran is trying to open two more in the Golan Heights and the West Bank. Israeli airstrikes have killed six Hezbollah fighters, an Iranian official and four other militants in Golan since January. (RELATED: Israeli Military Strikes Militants On Border With Syria)
“Israel and the Arabs have a very similar view of the deal that is emerging right now with Iran,” said Dermer, calling it a historic aligning of interests. “When Israelis and Arabs are on the same page, people should pay attention.”
The Iran negotiation deadline is June 30.
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