Jews across the world must ratchet up pressure on their governments to stand in the way of an impending "bad deal" on Iran's nuclear program, Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett wrote Saturday night.
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In a letter sent to AIPAC, Jewish Federations of North America, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Russian Jewish Congress, and other groups, and later posted on his Facebook page, Bennett said that "the Free World stands before a fork in the road."
Bennett warned that easing of international sanctions against Iran now is a mistake that will allow the Islamic Republic to develop nuclear weapons in the near future.
"It would be dangerous to lift the sanctions and accept a deal which allows Iran to retain its entire uranium-production line," Bennett wrote. "[W]hen Iran launches a nuclear missile at Rome or Tel Aviv, it will have happened only because a Bad Deal was made during these defining moments."
Bennett's letter comes as world powers and Iran meet in Geneva where they reportedly near an agreement by which Iran will freeze uranium enrichment in return for a lifting of certain financial and trade restrictions on Iran.
"Like in a boxing match, Iran's regime is currently on the floor," Bennett wrote. "The count is just seconds away from 10. Now is the time to step up the pressure and force Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. Not to let it up."
Israel-U.S. relations are already strained after public disagreements on the proposed deal with Iran. Israel believes the United States is making too many concessions in the negotiations with the Islamic Republic.