Israel’s prime minister has urged American Jews to lobby and oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.
In an address to the Jewish Federations of North America yesterday, Bibi appeals to people in the United States to oppose the deal, ahead of Congress’s vote in September.
He argues that it will give Iran the capacity to produce a nuclear weapon, and potentially lead to a regional nuclear arms race.
He claims “the nuclear deal with Iran does not block their path to the bomb, it actually paves their path to the bomb.”
He continues: “It gives Iran two paths to the bomb. Iran can get to the bomb by keeping the deal, or Iran can get to the bomb by violating the deal.”
Netanyahu then explains why Iran may be able to get the bomb through both routes, before sounding a warning, that “the days that the Jewish people could not or would not speak up for themselves, those day are over.”
“Today we can speak out, today we must speak out, and we must do so together.”
He stresses that in Israel, it is not a partisan issue, with Labor’s Isaac Herzog fully agreeing with him on this issue.
“It is not a partisan issue in Israel, and it shouldn’t be a partisan issue in the United States either.”
“It isn’t about me, and it isn’t about president Obama, it’s about the deal.”
“I’m asking you to rise above partisan politics.. judge the deal on its substance”.
“I oppose this deal because I want to prevent war. This deal will bring war. It will spark a nuclear arms race in the region.”
What we do now will affect our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. In Israel in America, everywhere. It’s the time to stand up and be counted. Oppose this dangerous deal.”