Netanyahu to Congress: The Alternative to This Bad Iranian Deal Is a Much Better Deal

(Prime Minister's Office) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. Congress on Tuesday: Iran's regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran's regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. The Iranian regime's founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, exhorted his followers to "export the revolution throughout the world." Iran's goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its Revolutionary Guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Backed by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. We must all stand together to stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror. The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them. Iran has defied international inspectors on at least three separate occasions - in 2005, 2006, and 2010. Iran broke the locks, shut off the cameras. Iran was caught operating secret nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom that inspectors didn't even know existed. Iran could be hiding nuclear facilities that we don't know about, and has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted. And if Iran's intercontinental ballistic missile program is not part of the deal, Iran could have the means to deliver its nuclear arsenal to the far-reaching corners of the Earth, including to every part of the United States. I don't believe that Iran's radical regime will change for the better after this deal. This deal would only whet Iran's appetite for more. Would Iran be less aggressive when sanctions are removed and its economy is stronger? Would Iran fund less terrorism when it has mountains of cash with which to fund more terrorism? The world should demand that Iran do three things: First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world. And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state. If the world powers are not prepared to insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal is signed, at the very least they should insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal expires. If Iran doesn't change its behavior, the restrictions should not be lifted. If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country. Iran's nuclear program can be rolled back well beyond the current proposal by insisting on a better deal and keeping up the pressure on a very vulnerable regime, especially given the recent collapse in the price of oil. If Iran threatens to walk away from the table - and this often happens in a Persian bazaar - call their bluff. They'll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do. May Israel and America always stand together, strong and resolute. May we neither fear nor dread the challenges ahead. May God bless the State of Israel and may God bless the United States of America. Thank you. You're wonderful. Thank you, America.

2015-03-04 00:00:00

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