Nuclear weapons in the hands of the Iranian regime will have severe repercussions for American security, the stability of the Middle East and the security of our allies.
On November 23, 2013, after intensive negotations in Geneva, the P5+1 world powers and Iran announced that they had reached an interim agreement which would restrict Iran's nuclear program and, in exchange, provide Iran with some sanctions relief. The interim agreement has been extended twice and is now set to expire on July 1, 2015.
News of the Israel Defense Forces interception of an Iranian cargo ship loaded with rockets and other unspecified arms destined for the Gaza Strip comes as no surprise. It is a stark reminder to the international community that there is more to dealing with Iran than getting to an acceptable and verifiable agreement on the nuclear weapons issue.
The repeated anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views of Iran's leadership place the Iranian regime among the foremost threats to Jews and the state of Israel. Iran's leaders repeatedly demonize the state of Israel and openly call for its destruction at every opportunity. Most notoriously, they describe Israel as a "fake regime" that "must be wiped off the map."