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EUROPE IS PROPPING UP IRANIAN TERROR WHILE DEMONIZING ISRAEL
French officials this month reportedly proposed a $15 billion letter of credit to compensate Iran for U.S. sanctions and incentivize that country to keep the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.
BY ERIC R. MANDEL/JTA
SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 02:53
It’s not everyday that a world leader manages to wrestle the attention and agenda from Donald Trump. But at the recent G7 summit in Biarritz, France, French President Emmanuel Macron took center stage (at least for a few moments) with his surprise invitation to Iran’s foreign minister, Jarad Zarif.
Trump has been putting the squeeze on Iran, walking away last year from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and ratcheting up sanctions on the Islamic Republic. In turn, Macron and other European leaders have been waging a two-front campaign — keep Iran tethered to the nuclear deal long enough to get Trump and the United States back on board.
In addition to the Zarif invitation, French officials this month reportedly proposed a $15 billion letter of credit to compensate Iran for U.S. sanctions and incentivize that country to keep the terms of the 2015 deal.
In order to understand how grievous a mistake this is, Macron just has to follow the money released to Iran since the JCPOA was signed.
The sanctions rollback was designed to aid everyday Iranians, but the main winner has turned out to be Iran’s terrorist infrastructure. Last year, the Washington Times reported that the U.S. government has “traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred,” including Hezbollah “along with the Quds Force, Iran’s main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.” According to U.S. Treasury Under-Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker, upwards of $700 million a year is going to Hezbollah alone.