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Statement From ZFA President, Philip Chester, on the Iranian nuclear deal

Statement From ZFA President, Philip Chester, on the Iranian nuclear deal

27 November 2013

While we note the positive responses of the 5+1 to the Iranian nuclear deal we remain very concerned about its terms.

The ZFA notes the view of the Israeli government that a flawed deal is one in which Iran isn’t forced to halt its nuclear program by shutting down facilities, but only ‘slow down’ its nuclear development.

More than any other country Israel is on the front-line, subject to constant threats from Iran which avows to Israel’s destruction. It is for this reason that we believe the fears of the Israeli government need to be given serious weight by the international community. Prime Minister Netanyahu aptly expressed distress at Tehran’s bragging that the six month deal acknowledges its “right” to enrich uranium. This deal granting Iran US $7 billion in sanction relief before it has started to comply with its international legal obligations can have catastrophic implications for Israel, the Middle East and beyond.

The real concern with this agreement is if it simply allows Iran to buy time in its development of a deadly weapon.