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Stutzman condemns Iran nuclear deal

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, planned to criticize the U.S.-Iran agreement regarding the latter’s nuclear program during an American Israel Public Affairs Committee event in Indianapolis on Monday night.

Stutzman’s office released excerpts of his prepared remarks in advance of his speech.

“The Geneva agreement that was announced over the weekend is, as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summarized, a historic mistake,” he said. “To put it simply, this deal rewards our enemies and alienates our friends.

“The Geneva agreement puts Israel in a box when our strategic interest has been and should be forcing Iran in a box.

“Our government should make it clear that a threat to Israel’s freedom is a threat to freedom everywhere. We’ve seen this clearly as Iran funds terror abroad and we can ill afford to see the consequences of a nuclear Iran.

“When life and liberty are at stake, trading security for a hollow political victory guarantees defeat. This misguided strategy risks permanent damage to our effort for peace,” the second-term lawmaker said.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis expected 250 people to attend the AIPAC event at a north Indianapolis hotel.

The accord reached by Iran and six other nations – the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – will temporarily freeze parts of Iran’s nuclear program and allow for greater international monitoring in exchange for relaxed economic sanctions against the Mideast nation.