The head of a messianic Jewish ministry says she's not surprised that the controversial United States-Iran nuclear deal states the U.S. will help protect Iran from Israel.
National security experts and now a U.S. senator have pointed out that the written language in the agreement, under a section on "Nuclear Security," seems to imply that the US. will help defend Iran, even from an attack from Israel.
The controversial section reads:
Cooperation through training or workshops to strengthen Iran's ability to protect against or respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage.
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, says such an agreement is similar to reports made last March that President Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli fighter jets if they attempted to attack Iran.
The Washington Timesreported in a story last year that Obama made the threat when he learned that Israel was planning an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, which Israel claims are being used to produce a nuclear bomb.
A spokesman for the Obama administration denied the claim, which was made by an Israeli cabinet minister to a Middle East newspaper.
Markell says people questioned last year if such a story was really true – and now it seems "official," she tells OneNewsNow.
"Now it is official because I think personally America has just become Israel's number one enemy," she says. "And I didn't think I'd live to see that."
During a U.S. Senate hearing last week, Sen. Marco Rubio asked Secretary of State John Kerry about the agreement including the word "sabotage." Instead of answering, Kerry tossed the question to Ernest Moniz, the Secretary of Energy.
"If Israel conducts an air strike against a physical facility," Rubio said, "does this deal, the way I read it, does it require us to help Iran 'protect and respond' to that threat?"
"The purpose of that is to be able to have longer term guarantees as we enter a world in which cyber warfare is increasingly a concern for everybody," Kerry then responded. "That if you are going to have a nuclear capacities, you clearly want to be able to make sure they are adequately protected."
After first describing an Israeli air strike, Rubio pressed Kerry about a cyber attack - a computer virus meant to attack other computers - launched by Israel against Iran.
Is the U.S. "obligated to help them defend themselves against the Israeli cyber attack?" Rubio asked.
"No," Kerry again responded, suggesting the U.S. would instead be "coordinating" closely with Israel about its security.
"That's not how I read this," Rubio responded.
The Secretary of State then said he didn't see how the U.S. would be in conflict with Israel, apparently referring to the U.S.-Iran deal and the written agreement.
"I think we'll just to have to wait until we get to that point," he added.
Speaking about the U.S. working against Israel, Markell makes one more observation about the U.S.-Iran deal: what's happening now fits into biblical End Times prophecy, she warns.
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