Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing a strong push to convince American Jews that the pending nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and a handful of other major world powers is a mistake. In a webcast, Netanyahu said the agreement would make the Middle East less safe, not more as U.S. President Barack Obama has said in his push to convince the U.S. of the wisdom in the deal.
"As a result of this deal, there will be more terrorism, there will be more attacks, and more people will die," Netanyahu said to an audience of thousands of American Jews online, according to the New York Times. "This is a very dangerous deal and it threatens all of us."
Netanyahu's remarks come less than a week after the longest serving Jewish member of Congress, Sandy Levin, D-Mich., expressed support for the deal. "I believe that Israel, the region, and the world are far more secure if Iran does not move toward possession of a nuclear weapon. I believe the Agreement is the best way to achieve that," he said in a statement.
The proposed nuclear agreement is currently under review by Congress, though the chance that opposing members will be able to override an Obama veto is slim. The deal would require Iran to let international inspectors into its nuclear enrichment facilities and for several of those facilities to be mothballed in return for lifting international economic sanctions on the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, too, supports the deal. He told Netanyahu on Thursday that the agreement would increase security in the region and would provide necessary safeguards to keep the Iranian regime in line.
Earlier this year, Republicans in Congress spoke out against the Obama administration's involvement in the Iranian negotiations. A large group of senators penned an open letter to the leader of Iran telling him that any deal would be shot down, a letter that was widely condemned for breaching protocol and the president's roll as diplomatic head of the country. They also invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the president, which was also seen as a breach of protocol.