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Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer On Iran “Deal”

Tuesday, July 14, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer opened the program today:

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HH: I begin this hour with the current ambassador to the United States from Israel, the Honorable Ronald Dermer. Mr. Ambassador, welcome, it’s good to talk to you. How bad is this deal that was announced today?

RD: Very bad. Very, very bad, a historic mistake, a stunning, historic mistake is how the Prime Minister referred to it in Jerusalem. This deal is bad because, for four main reasons, Hugh. First, it leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure in place. This is not the dismantle for dismantle deal that everyone was talking about a couple of years ago. You’ll dismantle the sanctions when they dismantle their nuclear program. The sanctions are being dismantled, but the nuclear program is being left essentially intact, and you hope that with intelligence and inspectors, you’ll catch them if they do something wrong. And the history doesn’t bode well, Hugh, because our intelligence agencies are very good, but we didn’t know for years about the secret facilities at Natanz and Qom. And Iran has been giving the runaround to inspectors for years, and there’s no reason based on the agreement that I saw that they’re not going to continue to give them, the inspectors, the runaround. And the second major problem is that this is a temporary deal. In ten years, the major restrictions are removed, and in 15 years, virtually all the restrictions are removed. And at that time, Iran doesn’t need to sneak in or break into the nuclear club. If it decides to keep the deal, it can just walk into the nuclear club at that time. And there is no linkage whatsoever between Iran’s behavior and the removal of these restrictions. So Iran could be more dangerous than it is today, a greater sponsor of terrorism than it is today, more aggressive in the region, more dangerous to Israel, more dangerous to the United States, and automatically the restrictions and constraints that this deal puts in place are removed in a decade. That’s why Israel says that this deal does not block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb. And what we think, our neighbors thing. And that brings us to the third problem. And if the Arab Sunni states know, the Sunni states in our region know that Iran, a Shiia power is going to get nuclear weapons, they’re going to want to get nuclear weapons of their own. And a good faith effort to prevent one regime from getting nuclear weapons will lead to the nuclearization of the entire Middle East. And the fourth problem is, as if those three are not bad enough, is Iran gets massive sanctions relief within a few months. Iran is going to have $150 billion dollars that they’re going to pour into its coffers. Iran is a $300-400 billion dollar economy, Hugh. So in American terms, that’s like the U.S. Treasury getting about $8 trillion dollars. and what Iran is going to do with that money is it’s not going to, I think, establish a G.I. Bill for returning members of the Revolutionary Guard. It’s going to use that to fund the Houthis in Yemen, the Shiia militia in Iraq, the Assad regime in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Palestinian terror organizations in Gaza, and to fund terrorists all around the world. Iran’s perpetrated attacks on five continents in 30 countries, and all of that money is going to go to making Iran a far more aggressive, much more dangerous power. So that’s why this deal is very, very bad. It’s bad for Israel, it’s bad for our Arab neighbors, and it’s bad for the peace and security of the world. Continue Reading

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Senator Lindsey Graham On The Iran Deal

Tuesday, July 14, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Lindsey Graham joined me on the program today to discuss the Iran deal:

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Transcript:

HH: Joined now by United States Senator Lindsey Graham. Senator Graham, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

LG: Thanks for having me.

HH: Why is this such a bad deal, the negotiated agreement with Iran?

LG: Well, the goal was to dismantle the nuclear program. And we’ve now locked in place a nuclear program without any limitations based on the passage of time. The deal allows Iran to get more money without any behavior changes. It allows them to rebuild their conventional weapons program without any behavior changes. It gives them an industrial-sized nuclear program without any behavior changes. And with the passage of time alone, inspections are lifted. Sunni Arabs will feel threatened, they will get their own nuclear weapons. This could be a death sentence for the state of Israel, because the Ayatollah will finally have the capacity over time to actually achieve death to Israel. It’s a nightmare for us, because they can share their technology with terrorists. This is a radical regime that has been made more powerful, not less, by this deal. Continue Reading

Senator John Thune On Iran Deal, Senate’s Scheduled Recess

Tuesday, July 14, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

South Dakota Senator John Thune joined me today to discuss Iran “deal”:

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HH: Joined now by United States Senator John Thune from South Dakota. You can follow him on Twitter, @SenJohnThune. Senator, welcome, good to talk to you.

JT: Always good to be with you, Hugh, thanks.

HH: Big day. The Iran deal is enormously bad, and many people have bene on before you, including your colleagues Dan Sullivan, Cory Gardner, Tom Cotton, say so, Lindsey Graham. What I want to know is how do we stop it?

JT: Yeah, well, that’s going to be the challenge, but I think what we have to do is we’ve got to win the argument with the American people. And the American people are going to have to get to enough Democrats, hopefully clear-eyed Democrats that see this for what it is, and are going to be willing to cross their president, which isn’t going to be easy for them. But if the stakes are so high, Hugh, I just think, I’m hopeful at least that there are going to be some right-thinking Democrats on this that will work with us. And that’s going to take, though, a lot of work over the next few weeks to educate the American people about what’s at stake here. Continue Reading

Carly Fiorina On The Iran Deal

Tuesday, July 14, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Carly Fiorina joined me on today’s show to discuss the Iran deal:

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HH: Joining me now is Carly Fiorina, candidate for president. You can follow her on Twitter, @CarlyFiorina. Carly Fiorina, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to speak with you.

CF: Thanks for having me, Hugh, always a pleasure to speak with you.

HH: What is your reaction to the outlines of the deal? We obviously don’t have all 100 plus pages, yet.

CF: It’s a bad deal. I mean, that’s not a surprise. We knew it was going to be a bad deal. And when you have the state of Israel and Saudi Arabia agreeing that it’s a bad deal, you know it’s a bad deal. I mean, the Iranians get to determine what are military facilities and what are nuclear facilities. They get 20 plus days warning before anyone goes into a military facility. They will immediately get lots and lots and lots of money to fund Hamas and Hezbollah and the rest of their proxies to continue to do more damage. And of course, we’ve rewarded bad behavior, because all through this negotiation, the bad behavior continued. The Americans are still in jail. The destabilization of the region continues. So Iran was never punished for anything. They got every concession they really wanted, clearly, and the world is a more dangerous place today. Continue Reading

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