Iran nuclear deal: Obama and Netanyahu make competing appeals to US Jews

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Iran nuclear deal: Obama and Netanyahu make competing appeals to US Jews

<p>President Barack Obama has reportedly told Jewish leaders in the US that it is likely rockets will fall on Tel Aviv, if a nuclear deal with Iran is blocked and military action follows. </p> <p>America’s administration says the accord is the only way to avoid eventual war with Tehran. </p> <p>Greg Rosenbaum, one of 20 Jewish leaders who met Obama at the White House on Tuesday, said on Israel Radio that the president spelled out what exercising a US military option to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities would mean if the deal between world powers and Tehran was scrapped. </p> <p>“He said military action by the United States against Iran’s nuclear facilities is not going to result in Iran deciding to have a full-fledged war with the United States,” Rosenbaum, of the National Jewish Democratic Council, quoted Obama as telling the forum.</p> <p>“‘You’ll see more support for terrorism. You’ll see Hezbollah rockets falling on Tel Aviv.’ This is what he said would happen if the US had a military strike on Iran,” Rosenbaum said, referring to the Iranian-backed Lebanese group and its long-range missile arsenal.</p> <p>In a separate appeal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has said the nuclear deal “paves Iran’s path to the bomb” – and could spark a catastrophic Middle East conflict.</p> <p>“I don’t oppose this deal because I want war. I oppose this deal because I want to prevent war. And this deal will bring war. It’ll spark a nuclear arms race in the region and it will feed Iran’s terrorism and aggression,” he said in a webcast.</p> <p>The nuclear deal struck last month will see international sanctions lifted. </p> <p>A steady stream of European officials have visited Tehran since, including Italy’s foreign minister.</p> <p>The Republican-led US House of Representatives will vote on whether to reject the agreement when lawmakers return to Washington in September, party leaders said on Tuesday, setting up a showdown with the president.</p>