Published On: Wed, Aug 5th, 2015

Obama: If Congress strikes down Iran deal, rockets will rain on Tel Aviv

In meeting with American Jewish leaders, president warns Israel will pay price for failure of nuclear deal with Tehran; 'American military action against Iran will not end with Tehran declaring war on us. What Iran could do is increase support of terrorism'

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WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran is rejected by Congress, the United States will be forced to attack Tehran, which will lead to Hezbollah retaliating with rockets on Tel Aviv.

“Israel would bear the brunt of a US military strike, ” Obama told 22 American Jewish leaders during a meeting at the White House.

 The president asserted that if Congress votes against the agreement, the Islamic Republic will back out of it and he will then face pressure from those who oppose the deal to militarily strike Tehran.

“It would be destructive both to the US and to Israel, ” Obama warned. “An American military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities will not result in Iran deciding to have a full-fledged war with the United States. Iran’s defense budget is $15 billion. The American defense budget is $600 billion. What Iran would do, and could do, is respond a-symmetrically by increasing its support for terrorism.”

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Ynet News by Itamar Eichner

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