ISSUE

National Security: Iran

A Nuclear Iran is Unacceptable and Constitutes an Existential Threat to Israel

  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has been designated by the U.S. State Department as the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism for nearly 40 years (1984). Iran is also the world’s leading sponsor of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.
  • The Iranian regime was born of the original sin of taking 52 Americans hostage in 1979 and continues to hold Americans and other nationals hostage.
  • Iranian rulers have institutionalized chants of “Death to America! Death to Israel!” They call the U.S. “The Great Satan” and Israel “The Little Satan.”
  • This barbaric regime is the most destabilizing force in the Middle East, attacking our Arab allies and seeking to annihilate Israel. Iran funds and arms terrorist groups that surround Israel, and directs regular attacks by its terrorist proxies on the Jewish State.
  • Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a real and urgent threat to the free world and an existential threat to Israel.
  • President Obama’s ill-conceived 2015 nuclear deal placed the implacable regime in Tehran on a glidepath towards nuclear weapons, leaving the regime with an industrial-sized nuclear program. It also emboldened the regime while pumping over $100 billion into its coffers, which it continues to spend supporting terrorism around the region, including attacks on American assets in Iraq.
  • I supported President Trump’s decision to walk away from the nuclear deal and to apply maximum economic pressure on the regime. The U.S. should not squander the leverage he created in pursuit of unverifiable regime promises in a deal that doesn’t work.
  • I reject attempts by the Biden Administration to resurrect President Obama’s fatally flawed nuclear agreement with Iran as it will provide the regime with billions of dollars in sanctions relief while ensuring its capability to attain nuclear weapons when the deal expires.
  • America stands with the people of Iran and I call on the Biden Administration to heed their voice over that of the repressive regime.