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Danny Ayalon: Iran Nuke Deal Bad for Israel and the World

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 11:23 AM

Striking a deal with the Iranians that allows Tehran to develop nuclear weapons, now or 10 years down the road, is bad for Israel and the world, former Israeli ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon said Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"This deal is a real bad deal," he said. "Iran retains its capabilities, it's becoming again a legitimate member of the international community which strengthens the Ayatollah's hold on the Iranian society and, of course, it elevates their status in the region. They can continue to support the most dangerous terror organizations in the world, especially the Hezbollah, Hamas and others."

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Allowing Iran to become nuclear redefines the nonproliferation treaty, which forbade countries from doing exactly that, he said. Making an exception for Iran would anger other nations and put them in the position of keeping step for their own protection.

"Where Iran gets these privileges, why wouldn't Venezuela want the same privileges and Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other countries?" he asked. "That will become a very chaotic and dangerous world to manage. We should concentrate on the implications not just for Israel, the Saudi Arabians or Europeans, but for Americans."

Ayalon criticized the "whole construction" of the negotiations with Iran, which have allowed a "weak and vulnerable" Tehran to defy, challenge, and violate international laws and treaties.

"Before we negotiate with you, stop the violations. The whole negotiation was like walking on eggs, trying to maintain and keep Iran's pride and not let them walk out of the negotiations as if they are the ones who have the choice. They do not have a choice. The only two times Iran voluntarily acquiesced and compromised when there was a threat facing them, the first one was in 2003 and the second time was when they came to the negotiating table."

When asked if Israel is considering a military response should Iran prevail and be allowed to have nuclear capabilities, Ayalon said "all options should be on the table."

"We will have to come back to the drawing board and think strategically," he said. "We hope the political negotiations will be the answer. Everybody wants to avoid any type of violence, but the fact that Iran in a material way breached agreement and then gets a bonus for that. What does that mean for the entire international regime? Why should they be able to retain 6,500 centrifuges and all the other law abiding countries in the world would not? It's really a very dangerous deal."

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Striking a deal with the Iranians that allows Tehran to develop nuclear weapons, now or 10 years down the road, is bad for Israel and bad for the world, former Israeli ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon said Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."
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