What the Iran nuclear deal means for Israel

Some may find this news boring: Israel launches airstrikes on terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

What the Iran nuclear deal means for Israel

Some may find this news boring: Israel launches airstrikes on terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fire rockets at Israel. The same headlines for decades, only the order has changed.

But at least this time you shouldn't just read the headline, because there's more behind it, and that also applies to Europe. Negotiations with Iran are currently taking place in Vienna. The negotiators say it is the very last chance for an agreement with the Islamist regime.

Since former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, Tehran has broken almost all restrictions. The Iranian leadership has enriched uranium to 60 percent. From there it is only a small step to 90 percent capable of nuclear weapons.

Tehran uses more and more powerful centrifuges and does not provide any explanations for traces of uranium in undeclared facilities. Iran recently turned off all the cameras the International Atomic Energy Agency uses to inspect its facilities to ensure that the nuclear program is indeed for civilian purposes only, as Tehran claims.

Nobody believes that anymore, which is why an agreement is so urgent: it should stop Iran shortly before the atomic bomb and in return lift sanctions. Should a new agreement succeed, that would be a reason to breathe a sigh of relief. A nuclear arms race in the Middle East would be prevented for the time being, as would a military escalation between Iran and Israel.

But nobody should be surprised if no storms of joy break out in Jerusalem, Riyadh or Abu Dhabi. Because Tehran's nuclear program is "only" a problem. Another is its terror sponsorship in the region: The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is currently firing rockets at Israel, is funded and trained directly by Tehran.

So does Hezbollah and many other groups. In the Middle East, Tehran is therefore not trusted by an inch. Should the nuclear agreement really be saved, Europe must not be blinded by this success.

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