Americans pack Times Square to denounce Iran deal
The right-wing Jewish and evangelical Christian group expressed support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Protesters poured into New York's Times Square on Wednesday to denounce the Iran nuclear deal as a threat to Israel and global security, demanding that Congress reject the agreement.
Speakers, including Republican politicians, called on Congress to throw it out, whipping up the crowd that included supporters of right-wing Jewish and evangelical Christian groups.
“We're here as Americans to speak with one voice to say stop Iran now, reject this deal,” said George Pataki, the former three-term Republican governor of New York.
“This is a God awful deal, this must be rejected. Congress must do its job and stand up for the American people, stand up for our safety and say no to this Iranian deal,” he said.
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, co-organizer of the Stop Iran Rally, claimed that 10,000 people had turned out. Protesters held up US flags and placards denouncing the deal.
A spokesperson for the organizers said protesters had “packed the entire block” on both sides of Seventh Avenue.
The rally expressed support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose criticism of the deal has strained relations with President Barack Obama.
In a separate development, President Hassan Rouhani, said on Thursday the historic agreement with world powers was “more valuable” than a domestic debate about its fine details.
“How can one be an Iranian and not cheer for our negotiating team?” he said in a speech to a medical conference broadcast live on television. The accord reflected a new page in history that opened when Iranians overwhelmingly elected him president in 2013, he said, adding that Iranians sought an end to sanctions and policies of moderation.
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