B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a compelling case before the United States Congress today to ensure Iran cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. We welcome his contributions to the discussion about this issue and the current P5+1 (United States, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom) negotiations.

In his address Netanyahu talked about the Israel-U.S. partnership: “We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror.”

As he has for many years, Netanyahu once again used his voice to speak out against the Iranian threat.

The prime minister told Congress: “Iran’s regime is as radical as ever,” and noted “the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.” We can’t let that happen, he told the joint-congressional meeting.

Most recently, B’nai B’rith noted that even during the long months of negotiations, Iran has continued to sponsor international terror organizations, enrich uranium, defy the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), pursue plans to build intercontinental ballistic missiles and hide the military dimensions of its nuclear program. Iran’s actions during negotiations seemingly offer a clear blueprint for how it would act once a deal is in place.

Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of global terrorism. We concur with Netanyahu’s deep concern over Iran’s global aggression, even as the P5+1 negotiations have been underway.

A nuclear-ready Iran has consequences that would resonate far beyond Israel and the United States. It is incumbent on the negotiators to consider this and not enter into a bad deal, one that that puts Iran a giant leap closer to nuclear weapons capability.

Netanyahu clearly noted that the alternative to a bad deal is a better deal. B’nai B’rith agrees that restrictions on Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons must be securely in place and that the points he raised to strengthen a deal be seriously considered by the negotiators while there is still time to effectuate the change.

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