The South African Zionist Federation (Cape Council) stands firmly against the Iran Nuclear Deal. We believe that this deal is a threat not only to Israel, but to the United States, Europe and the world. It is not a historic achievement by world powers in containing the fundamentalist and murderous regime of Iran. It is rather a historic mistake that legitimises that regime, bolsters it financially and aids its vast network of terror in the Middle East, Africa and around the world.
In theory, the purpose of the deal is to monitor and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. In practice, the deal only temporarily delays Iran from acquiring nuclear bombs, and legitimises their speedy acquisition after a decade. While the agreement allows for inspections of known nuclear facilities in Iran, these inspections have to be declared 24 days in advance. This effectively allows Iran to continue its nuclear research and development unimpeded through a game of deception that it has perfected over many years. While there will be limits to the amount of centrifuges with which Iran can enrich uranium to weapon-grade standard, it does not have to dismantle a single centrifuge. On top of that, Iran will get rewarded with hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief, allowing it to continue its vast network of terror funding around the world.
Iran has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. It burns Israeli and American flags on a regular basis, and instils a culture of Anti-Semitism throughout its population, going as far as holding cartoon contests denying the Holocaust. It founds the terrorist organisations of Hamas and Hezbollah that live right on Israel’s borders, and continues daily invectives against the Jewish State.
We ask our fellow South Africans to stand with us in firm and resolute opposition to this historic blunder. We support Israel’s right to defend itself, and its right to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.