Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of the United States Congress this week to speak about the dangers of a nuclear Iran.
Many politicians and pundits have been discussing Netanyahu’s upcoming speech but for political reasons. The nature of House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation for Netanyahu to address Congress was seen as a political slight against the Obama administration. As a result, the president has refused to meet with Netanyahu during his visit and dozens of Congressional Democrats are refusing to attend the speech.
But the political battle has overshadowed the message that Netanyahu intends to deliver. Netanyahu is making this speech in order to address the American people and open their eyes to what he believes is a a dangerous threat to Israel and the world.
At this very moment, the United States is engaged in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Iran claims that it is seeking nuclear capabilities for peaceful energy purposes, but many like Netanyahu believe that this is a lie; Iran is seeking nuclear weapons capabilities. This is particularly disconcerting to countries like Israel, which have been specifically singled out by Iran as the potential target for such weapons.
As a result, Netanyahu intends to carry Israel’s steadfast warning to the American people: Iran should not be allowed to achieve nuclear weapons and its nuclear infrastructure must be dismantled.
Years ago, the United States and Israel agreed on this point. However, the United States has since changed its position. While a deal is yet to be completed, reports are that Iran will be able to maintain its nuclear infrastructure with limitations on its enrichment capabilities ending within a decade. The number of allowable centrifuges has grown to as many as 6,000 and the deal doesn’t even address limitations on delivery systems for potential nuclear weapons.
In other words, Iran will be able to maintain its nuclear program and eventually will have the ability to have nuclear weapons. The Obama administration is simply delaying the inevitable, kicking the can down the road for future leaders to manage.
The question comes down to that of trust. Can the Iranians be trusted when they say that their intentions for nuclear capabilities are pure? Are we willing to accept a nuclear Iran? What are we willing to do in order to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons or eventually using them?
The decisions made now will reverberate for years and generations to come. The world’s welfare is at stake. It is important that you listen to the debate and think for yourself.
Iran on the Nuclear Edge (WSJ)
U.S. casts doubt on secret Iran nuke facility (USA Today)
Nuclear deal with Iran gets closer as Netanyahu comes to Washington (Washington Post)