Joining Mark Levin on his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Thursday, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer suggested that the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal made the prospect of war much more likely.
“Now, there were a lot of people that had a lot of hopes about what Iran would do, and it turns out that a lot of those people that thought this deal would make Iran more moderate, that thought this deal would make the prospects of war less likely, were completely wrong,” said Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer. “It made the prospects of war much more likely.”
The Israeli Ambassador’s comments came after many Democratic presidential primary candidates reportedly said they would rejoin the Iran nuclear deal that the Obama administration put into effect.
Below is a transcript of Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer’s remarks with Mark Levin on the show on Thursday:
Mark Levin: “And yet I still hear on the left in my country and in Europe, but particularly my country, people running for office saying, ‘If I’m elected, I’m going to put that deal back in place.’
“First of all, I don’t know how you put that deal back in place. But secondly, why would you put that deal back in place?”
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer: “Well, I don’t think a lot of people are actually following what’s happening. I don’t think that they’ve been briefed on what’s happened since the deal was signed. You know, in 2015, you remember, Prime Minister Netanyahu came to Congress, and he spoke out against this nuclear deal and said that it was a danger to Israel.
“And I think he did what a leader of any country facing an existential threat, a threat to the very survival of that country, would do. This is a deal that threatens the survival of Israel because it is a path, a legitimate path for Iran to ultimately have a nuclear arsenal.
“At that time, when Netanyahu spoke before the Congress, there were a lot of question marks: what is this deal gonna do? Is Iran going to become more moderate after this deal is made? Are they going to join the community of nations or not?
“Now, there were a lot of people that had a lot of hopes about what Iran would do, and it turns out that a lot of those people that thought this deal would make Iran more moderate, that thought this deal would make the prospects of war less likely, were completely wrong. It made the prospects of war much more likely.
“And we’ve had a situation in Israel where we’ve had to strike Iranian targets in Syria, which is on our northern border, over 200 times. And the problems we face from Iran were accelerated and increased because of this deal because now we had a much richer enemy, where billions and billions, 10s of billions of dollars were pouring into Iran’s coffers.
“You know, a lot of people don’t know this, Mark. They think that the big money that Iran got from the deal was up front. They say, ‘Well, they got $50 billion or $100 billion or $150 billion.’ There was a big debate at the time in 2015 exactly how much money it is. That’s not the big money in the deal. The big money in this deal was the ability that Iran has under the deal to sell and export oil. And Iran, a year ago, was exporting nearly 3 million barrels a day of oil. Last month, Iran was roughly about half a million barrels a day, in a month. Now that’s an over two million barrel a day difference. Now, the price a barrel – I didn’t check this morning, but – it’s probably like $65, $70. That’s $130 million a day. 30 days in a month means $4 billion every month, and in a year that is nearly $50 billion. Over 10 to 15 years, that’s over half a trillion dollars that’s going into Iran’s coffers.
“And I’d love to tell you, Mark, that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are going to establish a GI bill for returning members, but that’s not what happened in Iran. What they use, is they use those billions of dollars pouring into Iran – as I said – to fuel this war machine in the Middle East, not just against Israel, in Syria and in Lebanon, but also against the Saudis in Yemen, in Iraq. They didn’t join the community of nations. They were gobbling up the nations.
“And because of President Trump’s decision, Iran went from having a tailwind at its back to now facing a huge headwind. And that has made Israel much safer. It has made our Arab neighbors much safer. Right now, Iran, over the last few weeks, has tried to lash out because they’re worried about all this pressure that is being placed on them. And the right response to Iran’s lashing out is to actually increase the pressure. And that will actually make the Middle East a much safer place.”