Nuclear Iran will deter aliyah, warns lawmaker

Monday, October 15, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israeli lawmaker Ephraim Sneh (Labor) on Sunday warned that a nuclear Iran poses an existential threat to the Jewish state and the Zionist dream even if it never actually uses the weapons.

In a meeting with supporters at Labor Party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Sneh explained that a nuclear Iran would pose such a grave threat that Jewish immigration to Israel would all but come to a halt, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Sneh recounted that during a recent trip to the US, American Jewish leaders told him flat out that if Iran obtains nuclear weapons, members of their community will stop coming to Israel out of fear.

"It is not necessary for Iran to actually destroy Israel with weapons, they can destroy it with the threat... Iran could destroy the Zionist dream," stressed the retired general.

Sneh said that Israel would have to make a final decision on how to deal with the Iranian threat in the coming year.

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