Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina read out an op-ed by Times of Israel’s founding editor David Horovitz at the House hearing on the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday.
Addressing US Secretaries John Kerry, Ernest Moniz and Jacob Lew, Wilson urged them to address the questions raised in “16 reasons nuke deal is an Iranian victory and a Western catastrophe,” an op-ed published by Horovitz two weeks ago.
The op-ed argued that the US-backed nuclear deal with Iran “legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, allows it to retain core nuclear facilities, permits it to continue research in areas that will dramatically speed its breakout to the bomb should it choose to flout the deal, but also enables it to wait out those restrictions and proceed to become a nuclear threshold state with full international legitimacy.”
Horovitz concluded the piece by saying, “No wonder Iran and its allies are celebrating. Nobody else should be.”
Wilson said he was reading the questions into the record so that Kerry could provide answers over the coming weeks, as Congress reviews the deal. (Starts at 1:51:10)
Kerry warned members of Congress in the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that if they voted against the nuclear deal negotiated with Iran, Tehran would move forward toward an atomic bomb, international sanctions would crumble and the US would be left with none of the access and inspections provided for by the accord.