Jackie Congedo — In Conversation
JCRC and Federation Oppose the Iran Deal
Over the past month, the boards of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati (JFC) have carefully analyzed the Iran deal. In alignment with our commitment to educate the community, we have reviewed numerous articles laying out various perspectives, consulted with experts in the relevant fields, engaged with community leaders, and dialogued with colleagues across the country. Throughout this process, it has been clear that our Jewish community is united in our desire that Iran be prevented, ideally through diplomacy, from reaching nuclear capability. While we share this desire, we acknowledge and respect that there are diverse opinions on whether the current agreement would achieve that outcome.
After voicing our grave concerns on the issues of duration and dismantlement of nuclear activity, inspections and verifications, and nearly immediate sanctions relief, further examination of the deal has not provided sufficient assurance that the deal as is will safeguard the United States and its allies from Iran developing nuclear weapons. Especially alarming is the likelihood that immediate and long-term sanctions relief will result in a substantial increase in Iran’s funding of regional and global terrorism, putting the United States, Israel and other U.S. allies in greater danger. Furthermore, leaders from across the Israeli political spectrum, from Labor Party head Yitzhak Herzog to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have expressed deep concern about the danger this deal presents for Israel’s security.
Therefore, following a thorough process of open dialogue among our leadership, the JCRC and JFC must oppose the deal, and we urge Congress to do the same. We also encourage the Administration and Congress to implement immediate and long-term measures to ensure the security of the United States, Israel and other U.S. allies, irrespective of whether the Iran deal is approved or rejected. These include measures similar to those recommended by veteran diplomat/Middle East policy expert Dennis Ross and others:
- A clear and unequivocal statement that the United States will use all means necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
- Enhancement of the strategic partnership with Israel to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
- Enhanced cooperation with Israel and key allies in the region to contain and roll back Iranian terror and violence.
At the same time, we remain committed to the JCRC’s role of educating the Jewish and greater Cincinnati communities on important issues facing the security of the Jewish people, both in the United States and Israel. We will carry out this role by hosting an educational series on the Iranian deal with speakers representing a wide range of perspectives, including the Obama administration, Israeli Government, American Jewish Committee (AJC), American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. For more information, visit http://jewishcincinnati.org/iran-update.
As American Jews, we are facing a profoundly difficult moment in history. The risk of entering into the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran presents potentially devastating consequences for Israel, the United States and the world at large. We are fortunate to live in a community that promotes dialogue and unites around critical issues, such as this one.
Please consider contacting your Congressional leaders and urge them to oppose the current deal. Their contact information is below:
Senator Rob Portman
Senator Sherrod Brown
Representative Steve Chabot
Representative Brad Wenstrup
|Speaker John Boehner
Butler County Office
7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite B
West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: (513) 779-5400; Fax: (513) 779-5315
Washington D.C. Office
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6205; Fax: (202) 225-0704