Iran—the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism—remains Israel’s and America’s greatest long-term threat in the Middle East. The United States must confront Iran’s aggression, and fix the flaws of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to ensure that Iran can never obtain nuclear weapons as the deal’s restrictions expire.
Iran continues to provide arms, funding and personnel to the Assad regime in Syria, which has repeatedly used chemical weapons against its own citizens. Iranian support has helped establish a “land bridge” from Iran to the Mediterranean Sea—via Syria, Iraq and Lebanon—which enables the ground transport of weapons and fighters to Iran’s terrorist proxies on Israel’s border.
1.Iran must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.
Over the past two years, Iran has conducted at least 15 ballistic missile tests in defiance of U.N. prohibitions and doubled the size of its defense spending. In 2016, Iran deployed and declared operational the advanced Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. The regime has also deployed thousands of IRGC— troops to fight in the Syrian civil war. The IRGC arms, trains and funds tens of thousands of Syrian forces, Hezbollah terrorists and Shia militiamen—some of whom operate directly along Israel’s northern border in the Golan Heights.
The Iranian regime has a profound disregard for human rights: Sunni and Sufi Muslims, Christians and Bahais face daily persecution; homosexuality is punishable by death; political elections are fraudulent; media censorship is widespread and journalists, both domestic and foreign, are regularly arrested and held without trial or charge.