Why Iran Poses Such a Serious Threat

(Times of Israel) Jonathan A. Greenblatt - As the number one state sponsor of anti-Semitism and a self-proclaimed threat to the survival of Israel, Iran has long been a country of grave concern to ADL. Since 1979, ADL has advocated for the U.S. and the international community to address Iran's belligerent behavior toward Jews around the world, as well as toward the Jewish State and the community of nations as a whole. We cannot achieve sustainable security if we only "put Iran back in the box," as administration officials describe the objective for current talks. In addition to its unending propaganda slandering the Jewish people, Iran sponsors terrorism targeting Jewish institutions and communities on every single continent. Its well-documented support for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires is just the tip of the iceberg. We believe that the only way Tehran will be dissuaded from its menacing conduct will be if the U.S. negotiating team includes such considerations as part of its priorities. The ADL opposed the JCPOA in 2015 due to the absence of restrictions on Iran's relentless bigotry and violent conduct toward Jewish people, as well as the regime's horrific human rights abuses at home, especially targeting ethnic and religious minorities. We remain convinced that the JCPOA, as it stands today, is unsustainable as a solution for addressing the full array of Iranian misconduct. Because Iran's nuclear provocations are premised on the same extremist ideology that drives the Iranian government's other violent extremism, the world simply does not have the luxury to grant Tehran a free pass on its incitement of hatred and violence while focusing only on the nuclear issue. The writer, who served as Special Assistant to President Obama, is CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

2021-05-06 00:00:00

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