A federal district judge ordered airplane manufacturer, Boeing, to make terms of its $16 billion contract with Iran available to the family of an Israeli terror victim, The Times of Israel reported Friday.
The family of Noam Leibovitch, a 7-year-old girl who was killed when Iran-backed terrorists from Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired on their car in 2003, requested the contract in order to assess what assets may be available to satisfy a $67 million judgment against Iran. The judgment was awarded when Iran failed to respond to the lawsuit filed by the family in the United States District Court.
Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo, who is presiding in the Leibovitch suit, rejected arguments by Boeing that releasing details about the deal could jeopardize the contract it concluded with Iran Air, Iran’s national airline, but also the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.
Last month the Trump administration sent a letter to Castillo stating that it was complying with terms of the deal.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R – Ill.) applauded Castillo’s ruling in a statement saying that it “will impose a consequence on Tehran for its nefarious activities and add to U.S. efforts to deter such activities.” He also warned that the ruling highlighted “the risks of doing business with the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.”
The Boeing deal with Iran Air is controversial because Iran uses even commercial planes to transport weapons and troops to Syria.
Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, argued in an essay published Friday in Foreign Policy, that President Donald Trump should re-sanction Iran Air, which had its sanctions removed as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. Because the terms of the nuclear deal only allow commercial planes to be sold to Iran, the fact that Iran uses its civilian plane for military purposes makes Iran Air a fair target for renewed sanctions.
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