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Congressman Lee Zeldin: “A Bad Deal with Iran is Worse Than No Deal at All"

March 3, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) released the following statement in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress today:

“I was honored to take part in and listen to the Prime Minister of Israel’s historic address to the American people, where he offered his firsthand experiences and insight to us.

The Prime Minister spoke of the threat that Iran poses to not only his country, but to the world. As a global community, we cannot allow Iran, a government involved in state sponsored terrorism, to inch closer towards nuclear capability. Nuclear weapons in the hands of our enemies would have serious consequences on our security, and our allies’ security, resulting in increased threats, heightened confrontations and turmoil across the globe. We must do everything possible to stop Iran from ever having nuclear capabilities. Iran has brought instability to the Middle East and does not act in good faith.

The Prime Minister reinforced to Congress today that he does not oppose an agreement with Iran; he opposes a bad agreement. The Iranian regime has shown no indication that it’s willing to abandon its nuclear program. Iran continues to get by with billions of dollars in relief from sanctions, as they continue to successfully buy more time and continue to pursue nuclear capability.

Today’s speech reinforced the United States’ loyalty to our greatest ally Israel during this critical hour. There was no better time for the Prime Minister to address Congress, especially as the Obama administration prepares to make foolish concessions to Iran, as Iran threatens to wipe Israel off the map. I strongly believe that a bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all.

Iran must not be permitted to enrich uranium, maintain their centrifuges, and block access to weapons inspectors. America also should not make a slew of permanent concessions on our side in return for temporary concessions on the part of Iran.

Now is the time for members from both sides of the aisle to work together to strengthen our relationship with Israel, our strategic partner in the Middle East, a beacon of democracy, freedom and liberty in an area filled with darkness. It is my hope that the Obama administration will start standing with our allies in Israel and stop protecting our enemies.

We live in a great, free, exceptional nation with the same enemies that Israel has. Americans remain strongly committed to our nation's greatest ally, Israel, because a threat to Israel, is a threat to the United States.”