Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Meets with Netanyahu in Israel

May 5, 2015
Press Release
Israeli Leader Warns of “Historic Mistake” on Iran

Says Islamic Radicals Want to Create “Master Faith”

JERUSALEUM – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, part of a congressional delegation in the Middle East this week, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran ahead of the June 30th deadline for a final nuclear agreement with the United States.

“The Prime Minister was adamant that a nuclear deal with Iran would be a historic mistake,” Buchanan said after a two-hour meeting with Netanyahu and senior Israeli military and intelligence officials at the Knesset. “He said Iran is the most dangerous country in the world and poses a much greater threat than ISIS.” 

In April, U.S. and Iranian negotiators announced a framework agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sections.

In his conversation with Netanyahu, Buchanan referenced a recent meeting he had with the new defense minister of Saudi Arabia who told him that “Iran can’t be trusted.” Netanyahu responded that most of the countries in the Middle East feel the same way about Iran and share his concerns even if they won’t acknowledge it publicly.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also expressed grave concern that the West was getting “duped” by a deal that would not only put Israel at risk, but America as well.  “Iran is trying to build a master faith,” Netanyahu said.

The bipartisan Congressional Delegation is being led by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-TX.  Before arriving in Israel, Buchanan visited Baghdad and met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi about the threats posed by ISIS to our allies in the Middle East.

Chairman McCaul will be traveling to Buchanan’s congressional district this summer to speak about the importance of homeland security, particularly as it relates to Florida’s ports.