Bennett at AIPAC: Iran Deal an 'Unmitigated Disaster' of Historic Proportions

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Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett, Oct. 26, 2014. Credit: Marc Israel Sellem

Habayit Hayehudi leader and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that the developing agreement between world powers and Iran is a disaster of historic proportions.

Speaking on Sunday at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference, Bennett said that the deal, which he called 'an unmitigated disaster' legitimizes Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear programs, and will pave the way for the Islamic Republic to obtain nuclear weapons "within a few years."

Bennett said that the Iran talks are "a 2015 March of the Folly" – a reference to historian Barbara Tuchman’s famous 1984 book.

“Like in the book," said Bennet, "there is an agreement being drawn up which is against the interests of the free world with a clear alternative. Instead of allowing the Iranians to attain a nuclear weapon, more sanctions can be levied while tightening the existing ones and bring Iran to the point they will have no choice but to give up their nuclear ambitions.”

Bennett also spoke about the situation in the Middle East, saying that the current "regional upheaval" could remain with us for another "10, 50, or 100 years."

"Israel is srael is a lighthouse of freedom and stability in the storm. We will continue to do everything we can to protect ourselves and maintain the prosperity of the State of Israel.”  

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