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