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Rabbi: Iran Looks Disturbingly 'Happy' with Nuclear Deal

By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 06:19 PM

Iran is acting like it got what it wanted from the nuclear deal announced on Thursday — an end to punishing economic sanctions and a pathway to a nuclear weapon at a later date, says a prominent Jewish rights activist and supporter of Israel.

"Of course, they say the devil will be in the details, but I was just looking at the body language of the Iranian foreign minister just now, and he looked pretty happy to me," Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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Representatives for Iran and the P5+1 group of countries led by the United States announced the agreement on Thursday in Switzerland.

The deal leaves some remaining differences for further negotiations and a final settlement in three months, but in principle Iran has agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium to a single site and allow monitoring of its nuclear program for the next 25 years, officials said.

In exchange, Iran will have economic sanctions lifted if inspectors are satisfied that the country's nuclear pursuits remain peaceful.

Cooper said on "MidPoint" that he was scheduled to take part in a conference call on Thursday between Jewish leaders and the White House to learn more about the deal. But his first impression was not hopeful.

Cooper and other prominent Jewish figures, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have voiced fears that the U.S.-brokered nonproliferation deal will trigger a regional nuclear arms race and leave Israel vulnerable to annihilation.

"It looks like the Iranians are pretty happy because they just want to get rid of those sanctions, and as many critics including the Israeli prime minister pointed out, this looks like it's going to be a clear path in X number of years for Iran to be able to make nuclear weapons and have the capacity to deliver them," said Cooper.

"If this happens," he said, "it'll spark off a nuclearization of the whole region — and just what we don't need in a region that's already on fire."

Cooper said he was also troubled by the "silence" of the six world powers that negotiated with Iran after a high-ranking Iranian military figure was quoted this week as saying that Israel's destruction is "nonnegotiable."

"That silence … is deeply disturbing and will embolden more anti-Semitism," said Cooper.

But still he said he would not adopt an "apocalyptic" view of the future.

"Israel can defend herself," he said. "If necessary, she'll do so alone. But I do not believe that Israel is without friends and without allies. If we just even focus on the threat from Iran, many of Israel's Arab neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and others, they're as threatened as Israel is. The sovereign state of Israel will defend herself, and do so successfully."

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