Iran

The threat of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapons capability has become a matter of global concern and one that grows more critical with each passing day. In response, the international community has organized a campaign of increasingly biting sanctions in the hopes of limiting their oil revenue and cutting Iran off from the international financial system. However, the Iranian regime has yet to be deterred and a nuclear Iran continues to pose a major security danger for not only Israel and the U.S., but the entire world.

Beyond calling for Israel’s destruction, Iran also funds terrorist activity along  Israel’s borders. In doing so, Iran’s leaders seek to detract from Israel’s legitimacy and intensify the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On this page, you will find key resources that support efforts to communicate the dangers of a nuclear Iran and the threat this poses for Israel and the world.

To better educate yourself with the situation on the ground in Iran, we encourage you to download our Iran Rap Sheet.

Know the lingo. Utilize these talking points when discussing Iran (Click here to download):

  • Iran’s official support for terrorist organizations, brutal human rights abuses at home and bellicose posture against the West, render it unable to be trusted with the serious responsibility of independently developing nuclear weapons capability. The possibility of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism [note recent attacks in India and Georgia, and attempted assassination of the Saudi ambassador in Washington, DC] nearing acquisition of the world’s most lethal weapons technology is a profoundly disturbing development. It is incumbent upon all those who value world peace to do everything they can to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
  • Concern regarding a nuclear armed Iran is international in scope and not confined to Israel, even as the Iranian leadership’s threats of annihilation have been directed toward the Jewish State.  Both the Obama Administration and Congress have recognized that Iran’s nuclear program is a grave threat to U.S. national security.
  • Tehran’s vicious and widespread assaults against its own minorities (e.g. Bahais, the LGBT community), women, journalists and political activists – as documented by human rights organizations – underscores the leaderships’ extremist ideology leadership and blatant violations of human rights.
  • Israel’s Arab neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan, have warned that Iran’s development of nuclear weapons would pose a threat to Middle East stability and could provoke nuclear arms proliferation throughout the region.
  • We welcome the high degree of consultation taking place between the U.S. and Israel on this and other security threats.
  • We applaud the 23 US states which have enacted divestment legislation and policy from Iran in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010.
  • We are encouraged by recent strong sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the EU in an attempt to discourage Iran’s leaders from continuing the nuclear program. We hope that the European Union will implement the sanctions scheduled for July. We also hope that this increased economic pressure, including an oil embargo, restrictions on dealing with the Iranian Central Bank and other measures, will achieve this objective.
  • The P5+1 were successful in bringing Iran to the negotiating table in Baghdad this April after a 15-month suspension. The next round of talks are scheduled for June 18th and 19th in Moscow with the objective of producing an agreement on behalf of Iran to suspend its nuclear enrichment activity and give IAEA inspectors access to all nuclear sites.
  • While we applaud the big powers’ successful resumption of talks, we encourage the development of clear and timely behavioral benchmarks for Iran to abide by in order to help the conflict find a resolution and to ensure that these talks are not used by Iran as a stalling tactic.
  • While it is far preferable to use non-military means to persuade Iran’s leaders from pursuing their nuclear arms ambitions, as President Obama repeatedly has asserted, no option should be taken off the table.

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