VOI’s Dov Lipman analyzes the agreement with Iran, then hosts the Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief and a UK Israel advocate to hear their take on it.
Dov lists five primary problems with the deal: the breakout time to nuclear weapons if Iran chooses to violate the agreement; the 24 days Iran will have to clean up nuclear sites prior to inspection; the lack of oversight over the $150 billion, which the deal allows Iran now to utilize as it sees fit, and which will likely be used to fund terrorism; the fact that restarting the sanctions if Iran breaks the deal will not be automatic but via a committee that includes Russia and China; and the fact that the “moderate” Arab states are against it. Dov also names the Democratic US senators whom he believes Americans should be pressuring into voting against the agreement.
Then, Dov analyzes the speech delivered by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, following the signing of the deal. He airs clips from the speech — which includes verbal attacks on the US and Israel and expressions of support for terror groups like Hezbollah — pointing to its harsh terminology, indicating that the Iranian regime will continue to act as it has in the past.
Then, Dov is joined by Luke Baker, Jerusalem bureau chief for Reuters, who offers the perspective of the international community to the nuclear deal. He claims that Israel could have been more involved in the workings of the deal had it chosen a different approach, and explains how the international community would answer some of Israel’s specific criticisms.
Finally, Dov hears from Anat Koren, director of the UK-based Israeli Forum Task Force, about her efforts to generate public support for Israel in London. She describes fighting for Israel during the war in Gaza last summer and how her group is preparing to wage a similar battle in the face of the nuclear deal with Iran. listen now