Friday, September 18, 2015

Turning over a new leaf?

Shlomo Cesana,

The Iranian nuclear agreement is a done deal, and the global community has turned its attention to more pressing issues, such as radical Islam, the Syrian civil war, and the refugee crisis in Europe • Israel must now focus on meeting new challenges.

Prime Ministers David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu
 Photo credit: AP
All polls show that there is a clear majority against the deal both in Congress and among the American people. Netanyahu underscores this rejection as an important moral opposition for several reasons. Firstly, the public opposition, alongside the sanctions imposed on Iran, would deter American companies from investing in the Islamic republic; secondly, given the many issues plaguing the deal, particularly the lack of international supervision on Iran's nuclear facilities, the next U.S. president could choose to subject the deal to review, thus remaining vigilant versus Iran; and thirdly, while the deal seeks to curtail Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Israeli public diplomacy must continue to stress Iran's position as a sponsor of global terrorism, its involvement in conflicts in over 30 locations worldwide, and its aggressive attempts to gain a foothold in the Middle East, using conflicts areas such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

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