Local Reaction to Iran Agreement

Israel's prime minister says that the nuclear agreement with Iran that President Obama announced Saturday night is a dangerous mistake.

The deal eases some sanctions in exchange for a six-month freeze in Iran's nuclear program, and it provides for international inspections.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke with Obama on the phone Sunday, says the deal makes the world a more dangerous place and lets Iran take a significant step towards a nuclear weapon.

Reaction is split in the U.S. Congress.

We spoke to Muslim and Jewish leaders here in Western New York, and their opinions are also divided.

Michael Wise is the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo. He said, "While there's talk about this wonderful deal, at the same time, the Iranian leadership is bashing Israel, is saying they're going to destroy Israel. So it's greatly concerning to me. "

Dr. Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, pointed out that, "Iran also has a role to play in our ongoing dialogue, discussion and interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gulf and the whole Middle East."

Canada is also expressing some doubt about the deal. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird says his country will keep all its sanctions in place because of a lack of trust in Iran.


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