March 2, 2015 In a Hebrew-laden speech Monday at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Susan Rice interlaced personal anecdotes about her own visits to Israel with an unequivocal message about the nation’s security: that the United States is “committed to ensuring that Israel is never alone.”
A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to not only Israel, she said, but also to the United States and the rest of the world. American officials are “keeping all options on the table” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but they have limits. Rice insisted that Iran is further away from developing a nuclear weapon than it was a year ago and that the United States is looking beyond that country’s promises to ensure the negotiations are taken seriously.
“We are not taking anything on trust. What matters are Iran’s actions, not its words,” Rice said.
“I want to be very clear: A bad deal is worse than no deal,” Rice said to much applause.
She said that after visiting the country with President Obama in 2008, he declared that the United States must do whatever it can to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.