Iran—the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism—remains the greatest long-term threat to U.S. and Israeli interests in the Middle East.
The United States must confront Tehran’s aggression, take firm action to support regional allies, and fix the flaws of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to ensure that Iran can never obtain nuclear weapons as the deal’s restrictions expire. Please urge your members of Congress to pursue a comprehensive, bipartisan approach to Iran that addresses Tehran’s dangerous regional aggression and the underlying flaws of the nuclear deal.
How Has Iran Increased its Regional Aggression?
Iran is 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.
Iran continues to provide arms, funding and personnel to the Assad regime in Syria, which has repeatedly used chemical weapons against its own citizens. Iranian support has helped establish a “land bridge” from Iran to the Mediterranean Sea—via Syria, Iraq and Lebanon—which enables the ground transport of weapons and fighters to Iran’s terrorist proxies on Israel's border.
And over the past two years, Iran has conducted at least 15 ballistic missile tests in defiance of U.N. prohibitions and doubled the size of its defense spending.
How Has Iran Sought Increased Regional Dominance?
Iran has doubled the size of its defense spending since 2015 and continues to expand its military reach across the region. In 2016, it deployed and declared operational the advanced Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system, which threatens Israel’s air superiority in the region. The regime has deployed thousands of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel throughout the Middle East and uses the group to arm, train and fund tens of thousands of pro-Assad Syrian forces, Hezbollah terrorists, and Shia militiamen—some of whom operate directly along Israel’s northern border in the Golan Heights.
What is the Path Forward?
The United States must establish a clear, comprehensive approach that addresses both Iran’s dangerous behavior and the underlying flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal. This approach must:
• Overhaul the problematic sunset clauses of the nuclear deal.
• Press the IAEA to strengthen and expand its inspection of Iran’s nuclear program.
• Oppose Iran’s regional aggression and support for terrorism, including any permanent Iranian military presence in Syria.
• Toughen sanctions against those supporting Iran’s missile program, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah.
• Ensure Israel has the means to defend itself against the growing Iranian threat.
How Can I Get Involved?
Please urge your members of Congress to pursue a comprehensive bipartisan approach to Iran that addresses Tehran’s dangerous regional aggression and the underlying flaws of the JCPOA.
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