Iran to Expand Nuclear Capabilities in Violation of 2015 Pact

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in front of the flag of Iran

Credit:(Photo: wikicommons/Hamid Najafi)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced this week that Iran will move forward with plans to develop its nuclear program, a move in which Iran violates the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran said it will continue to violate the pact until financial benefits promised under the deal are realized. The Trump administration responded with imposing more economic sanctions on Iran.

  • In response to Iran’s announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Iran expands its aggression everywhere … We will never let Iran develop nuclear weapons.”
  • Last week Iran marked the 40th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy that resulted in 52 Americans being held hostage for more than a year. Crowds outside the old embassy burned the American flag and chanted, “Death to America.”
  • The F.B.I., acting on a tip about a social media post, arrested a Colorado man for plotting to bomb a synagogue in Pueblo. Authorities said Richard Holser, 27, was charged with a hate crime.
  • Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein was named one of the 100 most influential Jewish leaders by the notable Jewish publication, The Algemeiner. The publication referred to Eckstein as “one of the world’s leading Jewish interfaith activists.”

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s President and CEO Yael Eckstein on the recent celebration of Aliyah Day, which recognizes the millions of Jews who have immigrated to Israel since 1948.

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