Expert: In 10-15 Years, Iran Will be Stronger

Former National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror says deal with the West legitimizes Iran’s military nuclear program.

Nitsan Keidar ,

Yaakov Amidror at the Herzliya Conference
Yaakov Amidror at the Herzliya Conference
Erez Harod

Yaakov Amidror, former head of the National Security Council, warned on Tuesday that the agreement between Iran and world powers legitimizes Iran’s military nuclear program and will see the Islamic Republic emerging stronger within 10 to 15 years.

"We will see in 10-15 years that Iran is stronger from every point of view, that it has the power to walk towards the bomb without anyone being able to stop it. The details are important, but much less important than the principle of the matter," Amidror told Arutz Sheva.

The principle of the deal, he continued, “is very bad, because it legitimizes a military nuclear program in the hands of Iran. The price the Iranians paid to get this legitimacy, which was very important to them, is delaying the implementation of the program for 10-15 years.”

“Assuming optimistically that the Iranians will not try to cheat, they will in 15 years be in a position that, because of the removal of the sanctions, they will be more powerful economically, and because of the agreement they will be more powerful politically because they will not be isolated, and because the arms sales will start soon, they will also be more powerful militarily, so even if someone tries to impose sanctions, it would be meaningless,” added Amidror.

Amidror also said that he believes that Israel must immediately act against the agreement in Congress but also admitted that the chances the move will succeed are not great.

"It is difficult to see how Congress will overcome a presidential veto, but we need to fight and to make an effort, and start preparing for this situation and work out what Israel does down the road,” he said.

As for Israel’s conduct with regards to the United States, Amidror had an important tip for the heads of the Israeli political system: “[The Americans] made the move even though it is against Israeli interests, and we need to see what the United States wants to do or is willing to do for Israel. We must not look as though we agree to the deal just because we got some sort of compensation from the United States.”