Ya'alon: After "Bad" Iran Deal, Israel Must Be Prepared to Defend Itself

(Jerusalem Post) Lahav Harkov - "The [Iran nuclear] agreement as we understand it is bad, allowing Iran to legitimately be a nuclear-threshold state, with all that implies," Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday. "This agreement will not lead to the closing of nuclear sites or to the destruction of one centrifuge," he said. "It somewhat limits the pace of uranium enrichment, but it leaves a lot of holes." Long-range missiles were not discussed, while Tehran plans to develop missiles that can reach the east coast of the U.S., he added. "What concerns us every day is Iran's terrorist activity against us, through arming Hizbullah and funding Hamas and Islamic Jihad and giving them information to develop weapons, and their attempt to open a terrorist front against us in the Golan," he said. "After the agreement, we'll have Iran on the nuclear threshold and continuing to sponsor terrorism....The bottom line is, a bad deal is coming, and after it, we will have to be prepared to defend ourselves on our own."

2015-07-14 00:00:00

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