Obama: If Congress Strikes Down Iran Deal, Rockets Will Rain On Tel Aviv



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 from the Anti-Defamation League, Orthodox Union and J Street, and others, 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 end with Iran declaring war on us. 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 of terrorism.”

“Hezbollah rockets will rain down on Tel Aviv,” he stressed.

While Iran won’t attack the United States directly, it could attack American targets across the world, or arming and funding its proxies on Israel’s borders, Obama said.

The president said he was willing to meet with Prime Minister ┬áNetanyahu to discuss how to increase Israel’s security, “but he won’t meet with me.”

“Meeting me would be, for him, like waving a white flag, and Netanyahu wants us to keep fighting over the agreement,” Obama said. Obama is expected to meet with Netanyahu in the next two months, but not before the prime minister’s speech at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York in September.

The president’s meeting with Jewish leaders, held at the White House’s Cabinet Room on the president’s 54th birthday, was “serious” and “cordial” but at times “contentious,” according to some participants. Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and Obama’s adviser Ben Rhodes were also present.

While admitting the agreement was “by no means perfect,” the president asserted it only had minor issues. “This deal is extremely good for national security of US and Israel as well,” he said.┬áRead more at Ynet News Israel.



  1. I’m so impressed with this man’s knowledge. Ask the Israelis if they are willing to take the chance that this will be the first time he’s right about something. After all he’s an expert in warfare. I mean economics. Oops. I meant medical insurance. No I should have said diplomat. What am I saying he’s a great protest organizer and rabble rouser.

    With those credentials who can doubt him?

  2. The 150 billion dollars are paying for the rockets. Kill the Iran deal ,Israel will defend itself like always and B”EZRAT HASHEM will concur.

  3. Does President Obama really believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn’t recognize the risk and cost of military action against Iran? Why can’t he simply speak to him as an ally and an adult in discussing the pros and cons of all the options instead of dictating terms to him while excluding him from any decisions and vilifying him on the world stage? Does he honestly think that Netanyahu’s objective is to play politics with the lives of his own citizens? This isn’t a game – Israel s first in the line of fire in case of any conflict and everyone knows it.