Through its illicit nuclear program and support for international terrorism, Iran poses a significant threat to U.S. national security interests and to Israel.
Illicit Nuclear Program
On Jan. 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran had met its initial nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Accordingly, “Implementation Day” was reached and the P5+1 lifted nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.
The JCPOA has temporarily pushed back Iran’s breakout time to a nuclear weapon, but it has neither curbed its nuclear ambitions nor reduced its aggressive behavior in the Middle East. [Read “The Iranian Threat” from AIPAC’s 2017 Briefing Book]. And now, the Iranian market has now reopened for business and Tehran has gained access to over $100 billion in previously frozen assets.
Iran is also a radical Islamic theocracy that seeks to export its revolutionary ideology abroad by supporting terrorist proxy groups—including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip—which carry out attacks on American troops and Israeli civilians.
As a result, Iran is recognized by the State Department as the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.
The Way Forward
The United States must take meaningful and decisive action to support its regional allies, especially Israel, by ensuring Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal and confronting Iran’s regional aggression and support for terrorism.
Mounting Threats to Israel
Iran poses the most significant threat to Israel's survival. Ideologically committed to the destruction of the Jewish state, Iran's top leaders frequently make explicit calls for Israel's annihilation. Download the PDF »
Iran must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.
The United States must closely monitor Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and ensure it is never permitted to acquire nuclear weapons. A nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to Israel and would arm the leading state sponsor of terrorism with the world’s deadliest weapon.
Iran remains the leading state sponsor of terror.
According to the U.S. State Department, Iran remains the leading state sponsor of terrorism – financing, arming and training terrorist groups operating around the world, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Iran is a gross violator of human rights
The Iranian regime has a profound disregard for human rights: Sunni and Sufi Muslims, Christians and Bahais face daily persecution; homosexuality is punishable by death; political elections are fraudulent; media censorship is widespread and journalists, both domestic and foreign, are regularly arrested and held without trial or charge.