The US nuclear deal with Iran has some here in Charleston concerned.
“I think it’s a betrayal.” Strong words from Stuart Kaufman, a Jewish attorney who is a leader in the Charleston Jewish community. “I have not obviously had an opportunity to read the 100 pages of this deal, however the very idea of attempting to do a deal with Iran, a nation with whom we are at war ( even though it may not be acknowledged by the president of United States,) it in my mind, is a betrayal of the United States.”
He believes the deal forces Israel to act. “Netanyahu is now forced to attack Iran. I hope that the attack is done in the form of cyber rather than a physical attack, but I don’t think we’ve given them any options now but to attack Iran.”
Christian broadcaster Earl Cox, a longtime supporter of Israel here in the Lowcountry, says, “Iran can’t be trusted. They lie, they cheat, they break treaties. The supreme leader of Iran said Americans are evil. We need to be destroyed.”
He believes specifics within the deal are proof of Iran’s intentions. “They will not allow inspectors into the nuclear facilities. So what does that tell you? They are afraid that they’re going to find something that will shut them down.”
Kaufman wants to see Congress act. “What I hope to see happen, I think it’s a last chance, is that the Congress will override what the President has done. The President has said that he will veto it. I hope that enough Democrats will step forward in the interest of the United States and override the President’s veto. That’s the only hope we have left.”
Congressman Mark Sanford released this statement about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran:
“I was here in Congress and on the International Relations Committee when then-President Clinton struck a deal with another rogue nation, North Korea. At that time, they got a few billion in financial consideration for the promise of better behavior. The benefits went to North Korea, but their promises of changed policies never materialized. In the present case with Iran, the same mirage of consideration for promises of distant changes is here, and I am just as skeptical. With this deal, we would authorize immediate sanction relief of up to $150 billion. In exchange, we get watered-down transparency and flaccid accountability requirements. I think we would accordingly be wise to pause and remember the history of how similar deals and promises have materialized.”
U.S. Senator Tim Scott released this statement regarding the proposed Iranian nuclear deal:
“It’s hard to make a good deal with bad actors, and I am afraid that the President’s desperate attempts to enhance his legacy are leading us down a dangerous path. Sanctions relief, arms relief – these are not steps to be taken unless we are absolutely certain Iran’s nuclear program is dismantled, and that simply does not appear to be the case.
I will continue to review the terms of the deal, but from what we have seen so far it does not seem to be one I can support. Let us not forget that this is a regime holding four Americans indefinitely without reason, and these negotiations did nothing to change that.”