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Jul 21, 2015 4:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Zeldin Leads Charge Against Iranian Nuclear Deal

Jul 22, 2015 9:15 AM

Last week, the United States helped broker a deal between Iran and six of the world’s leading nations, an accord that could end nearly a decade of sanctions against the country, while also establishing a set of restraints on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Proponents of the plan hope it will improve diplomatic relations between Iran and the West, and pave the way for peace in the region. But opponents—such as U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, who represents the East End—think the accord will enable Iran to develop nuclear weapons, a long-held fear, thus sparking an arms race in the Middle East and putting both the United States and its allies in jeopardy.

“With all the sanctions relief being given to Iran, there is absolutely no requirement that Iran use that money for peaceful purposes,” Mr. Zeldin said in an interview on Friday. “Not only did the negotiations not include a stipulation to stop financing terror, it actually gives them more resources to do so.”

Despite being a freshman congressman, Mr. Zeldin, a Republican from Shirley, has been a leading voice against the treaty between Iran and the world power organization known collectively as the P5+1—which includes the U.S., Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom and Germany—since it was announced on July 14.

Within 24 hours of the announcement, Mr. Zeldin made appearances on several TV news programs, ranging from CNN to Fox Business News, as well as Channel 4 Nightly News in London. He also made appearances on local radio and nationally broadcast satellite radio programs, and spoke to other major news outlets, such as Bloomberg News.

Mr. Zeldin, who took office in January after defeating incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop of Southampton last fall, has taken a prominent role in various foreign policy issues, lambasting President Barack Obama for his handling of the Islamic State, or ISIS, in both Iraq and Syria, and speaking out against a global boycott of Israeli businesses.

A member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, and the House Republican Israel Caucus, Mr. Zeldin is the only Jewish Republican in Congress. He has been a vocal advocate of Israel; in fact, Mr. Zeldin met privately with Benjamin Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister addressed the U.S. Congress in March.

Among his biggest concerns with the deal is that Iran, which has close ties with Palestine, could use a nuclear weapon to “wipe Israel off the map.”

Mr. Zeldin said he would have liked to see the deal include specific provisions barring Iran from funding paramilitary groups, such as ISIS, and demanding the release of U.S. citizens still imprisoned in the country. He also said the inspections requirements are too lax, labeling President Obama’s statement that inspectors would have “24-hour access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities” as false.

“It’s directly contradicted by the text of the deal and the interpretation that’s been made by Iranian leadership,” Mr. Zeldin said. “Anyone who wants to try to claim that the Iranians are compromising more than what’s specified in the deal is putting a little bit too much faith in a nation that wasn’t negotiating in good faith.”

Carol Kessler, a former nuclear non-proliferation expert for the U.S. Department of State and current Rocky Point resident, said the deal is, in fact, the most detailed non-proliferation agreement she’s ever seen.

In addition to placing a 10-year ban on the creation of nuclear weapons in Iran, requiring that 98 percent of its near-weapons-grade enriched uranium be removed from the country and calling for frequent inspections, the deal also calls for camera surveillance throughout Iran’s nuclear facilities, which Ms. Kessler said accounts for the president’s claim to 24-hour access. Iran’s facilities, as do most nuclear facilities throughout the world, will have inspectors on-hand from the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, she said, though she noted that certain areas will be restricted from inspectors and cameras.

“This is truly the very first of its kind,” Ms. Kessler said. “It’s an amazing agreement in that regard because it’s more intrusive than anything the IAEA or other countries have done that wasn’t after a war.”

Still, Mr. Zeldin took issue with the fact that inspectors could be delayed for up to 14 days by the Iranians. He also thinks the agreement won’t be able to stop Iran from building secret facilities, something that has been an issue in the past.

The congressman noted that the deal is similar to the 1994 Agreed Framework between the U.S. and North Korea, which began faltering by 2000 and collapsed in 2002.

Ms. Kessler, who worked for the State Department from 1988 until 2003, focusing primarily on non-proliferation in former Soviet satellite states after the fall of the USSR, said the Iran deal is much more comprehensive than the Agreed Framework, which she said lacked specifics on various fronts. Ms. Kessler said the U.S. learned from its failure in North Korea and took a more thorough approach this time around.

“The North Korean agreement was done by 10 people; hundreds worked on this agreement, supporting the [diplomats] in Vienna,” she said. “It’s really well thought out so that’s good from both sides.”

She continued: “If you know what you have to do to make the agreement work, it’s easier for one side to say, ‘You’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing.’ But it’s also good for the other guys because they know exactly what they have to do to be in compliance. They don’t have to guess at all—everything they could think of has been covered.”

Although it has been agreed upon by the P5+1 and endorsed earlier this week by the United Nations Security Council, the deal could still be blocked by a disapproving resolution from the U.S. Congress. In addition to passing both houses, that bill would require the support of at least two-thirds of both chambers in order to override a veto that President Obama has promised to utilize if the disapproving resolution makes its way to his desk.

As one of the more vocal opponents of the deal, Mr. Zeldin is attempting to drum up citizen support by circulating a petition to stop it. He’s also one of 171 Republican cosponsors on a disapproving resolution introduced by U.S. Representative Peter Roskam of Illinois, who co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus along with Mr. Zeldin.

“Lee has quickly established himself as a leading advocate in Congress for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and a valuable addition to the House Republican Israel Caucus,” Mr. Roskam said in a prepared statement on Tuesday morning. “I’ve had the privilege of working side-by-side with him on everything from boosting our missile defense cooperation with Israel to speaking out against the dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran. We are lucky to have Lee as an ally in these critical fights.”

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Good for you, Congressman: you are spot-on with this issue. Somewhere behind the scenes in Tehran the two-faced leaders of Iran are sipping Jack Daniels, smoking Cuban cigars, and bragging about how they puled the wool over the eyes of that buffoon we have as Secretary of State.
By Capt. Phil (63), Southampton on Jul 21, 15 4:56 PM
So did they pull the wool over the 5 other countries who are parties in the negotiations? And did you know that top Israeli security officials see the deal as positive? What's your solution, Einstein? War? Get the facts before you spout off the knee -jerk hatred (and ignorance) that underlies your post. You wouldn't recognize a statesman if you fell over one.
By June Bug (2597), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 21, 15 11:52 PM
Conservative intellectual is seemingly becoming more and more of an oxymoron. Despite Zeldin having a degree in political science, he is also a soldier. A Major in the army reserves at that.

If he leans toward a military solution, maybe he hasn't had a sufficient taste of war during his deployment with the 82nd Airborne. Or perhaps he needs to read, or re-read "The Art of War".

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."

~ Sun Tzu
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jul 22, 15 8:07 AM
You are obviously in the dark about what your country is doing in the (hideously difficult) fight against ISIS.
What's your prescription for defeat of an ideology, an army without bases and/or uniforms? Oh, you have no idea? Why am I not surprised?
By June Bug (2597), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 22, 15 1:29 PM
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Great. The congressman from Israel is at it again. In Washington for 6 months and he's completely forgotten who he's supposed to represent.
By bird (824), Southampton on Jul 21, 15 8:27 PM
I'm starting to miss Tim "You can't deport 12 Million Criminals" Bishop.
By bird (824), Southampton on Jul 21, 15 8:52 PM
RCP Average Trump 10.0 Bush 13.8

People are fed up with government!
Jul 21, 15 8:33 PM appended by 27dan
THATS very strange I typed the new RCP average as what it is TRUMP 18.0 but it showed up on the site as 10.0 ???
By 27dan (2814), Shinnecock Hills on Jul 21, 15 8:33 PM
to 27dan:

Actually, in the most recent poll (ABC/Washington Post ,July 19), Trump beat Bush by 24% to 12%.

One can only hope that this surge in popularity prophesizes his eventual capture of the Republican nomination . What a splendid Republican presidential candidate he will make!
By highhatsize (4183), East Quogue on Jul 21, 15 9:09 PM
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Dream on.
His job is to entertain and help the bottom line of the corporate media and to make the rest of the clown car seem saner or smarter than they are. Your hat size must be pretty small if you haven't figured this out. God save us from any of this pathetic bunch.
By June Bug (2597), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 22, 15 12:07 AM
Actually, HHS' post is total sarcasm.

Maybe Trump can treat this country like a business. Then we can declare bankruptcy four times...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jul 22, 15 7:52 AM
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I am no fan of Trump but you are comparing apples and oranges. Do you think the US is financially sound? If the US were a business it would be long gone.....Trump Vs Sanders for President. That would be a show they could air on VH1 followed by naked and afraid
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jul 22, 15 10:29 AM
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The latter is true, it's a question of leverage. And as far as business is being leveraged to an extreme extent make note that there are plenty leveraged to the point that it's beyond imagination.
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jul 22, 15 12:19 PM
That is true but not compare to the U.S. governments debt.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jul 23, 15 6:37 AM
Sorry typo. Meant to say that None compare to the U.S. Governments debt
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jul 23, 15 6:38 AM
it's sad that anti-Semites like bird still have a forum in this country that has abandoned its staunchest ally as Barack bows to his Muslim god and joins the chant to destroy our only Mid East friend.
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Jul 21, 15 11:23 PM
Aipac doesn't have the biggest "forum" in this country? Give me a break.
By June Bug (2597), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 22, 15 12:10 AM
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to nazznazz:

Rather an asymmetrical "alliance". We give Israel hundreds of billions of dollars and the lives of thousands of our countrymen. The government of Israel, for its part, graciously accepts our government's gifts while simultaneously berating it for not doing as it's told (currently, by Bibi.) (Meanwhile, at home, irrational Zionists and Israelophiles unashamedly defame all who criticize Israel as anti-Semites.)

One can only wonder how long Israel would continue to ...more
By highhatsize (4183), East Quogue on Jul 22, 15 8:13 AM
Sorry Naz but your "anti-semite" BS is no longer enough to provide cover for the Zionists and Israel. I do note that instead of refuting the inconvenient facts you instead choose to smear the messenger. Like Zeldin and Hilary, you also seem to believe that when the BS doesn't provide sufficient cover, the next logical step is censorship.
By bird (824), Southampton on Jul 22, 15 4:31 PM
They'd only have to give me one F-16 to earn my "friendship".
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jul 22, 15 8:24 PM
The deal stinks, will embolden and empower Iran but it will survive any veto attempts thanks to the drooling democrat psychopaths in Congress. And when these chickens come home to roost, well Barack Obama will be long gone running his own con a'la the Clinton Foundation.

Between Obama and Bush so much damage has been done to our country the next president, who ever he may be, will have his work cut out for him.
Jul 22, 15 8:15 AM appended by Preliator Lives
The deal stinks, will embolden and empower Iran but it will survive any veto attempts thanks to the drooling democrat sycophants in Congress. And when these chickens come home to roost, well Barack Obama will be long gone running his own con a'la the Clinton Foundation. Between Obama and Bush so much damage has been done to our country the next president, who ever he may be, will have his work cut out for him.
By Preliator Lives (431), Obamavillie on Jul 22, 15 8:15 AM
So, let's see.....it sounds like you'd prefer that either we bomb Iran or we let them go nuclear. Which is it? Yet another genius in our midst! President Obama "had his work cut out for him" after Wrecking Ball Bush and saved us from total economic disaster. We owe him a great deal of credit, and if you were a fair-minded citizen, you'd be grateful for his cool and long-game style of leadership. That he achieved as much as he has in the face of unprecedented racist hatred and push-back is ...more
By June Bug (2597), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 22, 15 1:03 PM
Yeah - healthcare is fixed, right? The ACA is no fix, June Bug. It's a new, very expensive, unsustainable behemoth. Re. Unprecedented racist hatred... how many times have we gone to that well. How many times did Obama make situations worse and fuel the fire (ie Forguson, Martin) while ignoring attacks by black gangs on white people? The double standard the media applies, and way too many accept, is enough to make one vomit. Re. Iran - it was a deal made by a desperate country (USA) that is lead ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jul 22, 15 4:12 PM
I agree with you that our corporate media is horrid and that we're fed nonsense 24/7, but I disagree wholeheartedly your charges of "fire-fueling" and double standards. I agree with you that ACA is flawed, and that there should be single payer, but for many it's answered prayer. How on earth could Obama--or any president-- buck up against such a powerful health care industry? That's the trouble with a capitalist system---there should never be profit in health care. At least for many they have ...more
By June Bug (2597), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 22, 15 6:40 PM
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Thanks for a very adult response. The ACA benefits to some are countered by the burden it puts on others. Many see one side of the story, ie. uninsured are now insured. However, they turn a blind eye to the fact that the subsidies are paid for by others. Also, the exchanges offer post tax dollar deductibles that could negate any monthly premium savings. And those premium rates will skyrocket.
To Iran, we made a bad deal. Yes I understand compromise, but we downright caved when we didn't have ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jul 23, 15 8:17 AM
And I don't see things in left vs right, but rather, problems and solutions. I leave the elephants and donkeys to those who need to see hindquarters of beasts.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jul 23, 15 8:20 AM
Jeez June Bug, trotting out the old race card again are we? Speaking against Der Fuhrer Obama is racist? Not quite.
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Jul 22, 15 4:29 PM
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Ignore the fools nazznazz you're on point !!!!!!!!
By Biba (564), East Hampton on Jul 22, 15 7:26 PM
What he meant to say Naz was "ignore the facts". "You're right on point", Bibi's talking points that is.
By bird (824), Southampton on Jul 22, 15 7:58 PM
Cap phil's foreign policy. Bomb Egypt, put boots on the ground, bomb Libya, put boots on the ground, bomb Syria,put boots on the ground, bomb Iran, put boots on the ground. This is from someone who was a part of the Viet-Nam war and watched as 58,000 boots didn't come home. A generation later we're selling big macs, cokes, and opening casinos there.
By Mets fan (1486), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 8:46 AM
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Sorry Mets, I don't mean to be picky but that was 58,000 PAIR of boots. It is important that some of the younger folks who read your post fully understand...
By bird (824), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 11:51 AM
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Thank you!
By Mets fan (1486), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 9:07 PM
By Biba (564), East Hampton on Jul 25, 15 10:00 AM
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to Biba:

Allen West/Donald Trump, Allen West/Ben Carson, Allen West/Rick Perry - - - any of these would be splendid Republican presidential tickets - - - and there are innumerable combinations of other meritorious Republican presidential contenders (e.g. Jack Fellure/Allen West[?]).

But I'm with you, Allen West stands out from the pack in so many ways.
By highhatsize (4183), East Quogue on Jul 25, 15 10:34 AM
But the liberals would find a way to discredit a conservative black candidate. I like Donald Trump as Secretary of State! Imagine the Donald negotiating with the Iranians? Guaranteed we would not have given away the store like we did with John ' Lurch' Kerry at the table.
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Jul 26, 15 8:22 AM
your right some other reasons are his lack of border control, redistibution of wealth and love for islam
By Erin 27 E (1261), hampton bays on Jul 28, 15 10:45 PM
I judge Obama's character, not the color of his skin . You race baiters need to get off that one
I want Allen West to be our president
Oh would you look at that
He's not white .....
By Biba (564), East Hampton on Jul 26, 15 1:14 PM
No, Allen West who was administratively fined and honorably discharged after interrogation techniques that likely thwarted an ambush on a convoy - thus saving American lives. My favorite part, his teary eyed men under his command during his testimony

From a much more balanced article (before he became a target of the rabid left)

CNN - U.S. officer fined for harsh interrogation tactics
Saturday, December 13, 2003

TIKRIT, Iraq (CNN) -- The commanding general of the ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Jul 26, 15 4:44 PM
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But while West's supporters call him a hero, military prosecutors said his actions amounted to torture and violated articles 128 and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Prosecutor Capt. Magdalena Pezytulska said West should be tried for assault and for communicating a threat. "This is a case about a man who lost his temper," she argued. "There are consequences for [West's] actions."
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jul 26, 15 7:04 PM
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It would appear Capt. Pezytulska lost the argument. That's what prosecutor's (and defense attorneys) do; they argue. One side prevails and the other does not. In this case, it was determined to be more appropriate to be handleed as an administrative fine. These are the facts. Like them or not. West is NOT a war criminal. That label was placed on him by the left when he entered politics.
Jul 26, 15 7:39 PM appended by Mr. Snerdley
We also know this about Allen West. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters, one Valor Device); Army Achievement Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster); Valorous Unit Award; Air Assault Badge; and the Master Parachutist Badge.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Jul 26, 15 7:39 PM
What Legal experts like PhilMotyka forget is the real consequences here. West's actions although against Army Regs saved lives. Phils point is that the Terrorists right to avoid interrogation was more important than saving our soldiers lives. I would have likely done the same thing had I been forced to make that choice. While you can disagree with his decision the outcome was the correct and preferred one. Thats likely why the court martial couldnt heavily punish West and shouldnt have. We ...more
By Baymen87 (133), Lugoff, SC on Jul 30, 15 8:16 AM
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wrong on all counts
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Aug 1, 15 7:18 AM
Marlin, think of the fun we are going to have now. These conversations were getting dull.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 1, 15 5:29 PM
I'm more of a Dr Ben Carson fan myself! Akan West would be a fine Sec. of Defense.
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Jul 27, 15 6:19 AM
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War is not an ice cream social
West "lost his temper"
Really ???
By Biba (564), East Hampton on Jul 27, 15 9:20 AM
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