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Defense minister: World opening ‘front door’ to Iran’s terror

International community will be forced to contend with Iranian extremism when it ‘arrives on their doorstep,’ Ya’alon says

Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon at the weekly cabinet meeting at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on July 5, 2015 (Emil Salman/Pool)
Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon at the weekly cabinet meeting at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on July 5, 2015 (Emil Salman/Pool)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon lashed out at the international community in a series of tweets Thursday, accusing world nations of facilitating Iranian terrorism rather than confronting it.

“The free world, instead of fighting with determination against this terrorist regime, is allowing it to enter through the front door of the family of nations,” Ya’alon said.

“He who chooses to ignore terrorism directed at someone else, will find himself faced sooner than expected with that same terror at his doorstep,” he added.

Ya’alon, along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been among the deal’s most strident critics. Netanyahu has dubbed the accord a “stunning historic mistake,” and called on the international community to scrap the deal, which is currently facing a 60-day review period in the US Congress.

President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any opposition to the pact, although a Congress super-majority could override such a move.

Ya’alon warned that the Islamic Republic will “amplify” its sponsorship of terrorism “if it detects weakness and lack of resolve to confront it, as is the case now.”

“The time that has passed since the signing of the agreement with Iran increasingly shows the scale of the risk that the West took upon itself, and its willingness to commit unprecedented concessions to the bloody regime in Tehran,” he said.

“As time passes, it becomes clearer that this agreement poses serious dangers, unique in their scope, to the Western world, [which is] faced with a octopus-like terror regime, ambitious as it is ruthless, that will not hesitate to act within and against those countries that signed onto this bad deal,” he added.

Sara Miller contributed to this report.

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