Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Wednesday that President Joe Biden “wants to revive Obama’s Iran policy,” which opened the way for the Iranian regime to build nuclear weapons after about a decade.
DeSantis appeared on the Mark Levin show with conservative moderator and trial attorney Mark Levin. He was asked about the Biden administration’s ongoing efforts to marginalize the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom Biden has refused to meet despite being elected more than half a year ago.
Earlier this week, DeSantis slammed outgoing US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides for defending the Biden administration’s interference in Israel’s highly contentious domestic debate over judicial reform:
How disrespectful it is that the US Ambassador to Israel falsely claims, “Most Israelis want the United States to be involved in their affairs.”
Biden meets with dictators from countries like Venezuela but snubs democratically elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That is…
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) July 12, 2023
Levin asked DeSantis why the Biden administration felt it necessary to attack Israel’s democratically elected government rather than show solidarity with it against common threats like Iran.
It’s just outrageous. I mean it’s all political. You know, they honestly don’t like Bibi because he’s a conservative. They meddle in internal Israeli affairs like judicial reform, which is totally inappropriate for us to stick our beaks into. These are first class, very smart people in this country. They can find out. And that’s an essential part: Ultimately, Biden wants to revive Obama’s Iran policy. He wants to strengthen Iran. And they think that’s good policy. And it’s not. And that’s why we should be tightening the screws against the Iranians, tightening the screws against this regime. When Obama made the Iran deal, they used the money exactly as people like you and I predicted. They used it to fund terrorism throughout the Middle East. And that is their ultimate goal. And I think given how insane the regime is, they would definitely launch a nuclear attack on Israel if they thought they could get away with it, even if they knew they were going to face retaliation for thinking that it’s worth it. So it’s a very dangerous regime. And we should do everything we can to prevent them from possessing a nuclear weapon.
Obama’s Iran deal, struck in 2015, bypassed the Senate deal and dropped sanctions on Iran, adding billions of dollars in cash and unfrozen assets in exchange for Iran’s promise to slow its uranium enrichment.
Netanyahu, who opposed the deal, noted that it does not refer to Iran’s support for terrorism around the world and that it puts Iran on track to become a nuclear power after various restrictions of the deal expired . In April 2018, he dramatically revealed intelligence files that showed Iran had failed to honor the deal and never abandoned its ambitions to develop nuclear weapons.
Biden has been trying to negotiate a new deal since taking office.
Recent news reports suggest that Biden is close to a “mini deal” with Iran that would allow the regime to enrich uranium just below the level needed to build a nuclear weapon. Work on the deal continued despite Biden’s envoy to Iran negotiations, Rob Malley, being suspended on suspicion of misusing classified information.
hairnetIsrael’s left-wing daily, has reported that a new, unwritten Iran deal is already in place and the Biden government’s only concern is that Israel could interfere.
Then-President Donald Trump walked away from the Iran deal in 2018, calling it biased and dangerous for the US. DeSantis attended the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem with a congressional delegation a few days later.
DeSantis also commented on the FBI’s politicization, saying it got worse under Christopher Wray than it did under James Comey, who shielded Hillary Clinton from prosecution while promoting the “Russia collusion” hoax against Donald Trump. “I don’t even think the FBI, under Comey, worked with Big Tech to censor dissent and suppress speech,” DeSantis said. “That’s what they did under Christopher Wray.”
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