South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said the Iran nuclear negotiations reaching a conclusion was a "a possible death sentence for Israel." He said the nuclear deal would “make everything worse."

The Republican senator, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, criticized President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for their Middle East policies. He criticized them specifically for their role in the Iran nuclear talks.

Graham said that the goal Obama had set was not met. He said the deal had ensured the Arab countries would go nuclear. “You've put Israel in the worst possible box,” Business Insider quoted the senator as saying. “This will be a death over time sentence to Israel if they don't push back," he said, adding the deal had put the United States at risk as well.

Graham said President Obama had wanted to dismantle and neuter Iran’s nuclear program. Obama also wanted to give the Islamic republic “a nuclear capability consistent with a peaceful power program,” he said. However, Graham said, Obama has not managed to meet his goals.

Graham said that the Iran deal was the “most dangerous, irresponsible step” in Middle East history. He added the conclusion of the deal was “akin to declaring war on Israel and the Sunni Arabs.”

Graham asked the U.S. Congress to reject the nuclear agreement with Iran, Press TV reported. According to the finalized text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the United Nations will recognize Iran as a nuclear power and the Middle Eastern country will be able to continue its nuclear program.