Following this week’s announcement, I have been spending quite a bit of time considering and discussing the recently announced Nuclear Deal with Iran. I have also spent time immersed in reading the many articles and analysis that have come my way and have taken part in phone briefings with high level Middle East analysts and experts. I have found the particulars of this deal to be concerning at the very least and, in many ways, deeply troubling.
Before I share with you my personal perspective on this deal and the actions I invite you to join me in taking, I would commend to you the following reading list of articles and statements that span a spectrum of opinions and which I have found to be of particular interest.
This is a complex issue that will conclude with what has been called “The single most important vote” in terms of future world security that this generation of congressional leaders may ever make. Educating yourself is critical if you are to reach out to our Congressional leaders on this issue of grave importance to both the United States and Israel.
Articles on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Obama Makes His Case on Iran Nuclear Deal http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/opinion/thomas-friedman-obama-makes-his-case-on-iran-nuclear-deal.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1&referrer=
The Single Most Important Question to Ask About the Iran Deal – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/07/iran-nuclear-weapons-deal-obama/398465/
Five reasons to worry about the Iran deal http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.666222
Iran deal leaves U.S. with tough questions http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/iran-deal-leaves-us-with-tough-questions/2015/07/14/7f76e3b0-2807-11e5-b77f-eb13a215f593_story.html
How Should American Jews React on Iran? http://forward.com/opinion/editorial/311966/why-iran-deal-deserves-a-fair-shake-and-critical-evaluation/
Israeli ambassador: The four major problems with the Iran deal http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-bad-deal-today-a-worse-deal-tomorrow/2015/07/14/5d34ba00-2a39-11e5-a250-42bd812efc09_story.html?postshare=31436903134662
Why the Iran nuclear deal is likely to survive http://njjewishnews.com/article/27847/why-the-iran-nuclear-deal-is-likely-to-survive-its-hurdles#.VakcQflVhBe
Statements from major Jewish organizations
ADL Deeply Disappointed After Early Assessment of Final Deal with Iran http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/israel-middle-east/adl-deeply-disappointed-early-assessment-deal-with-iran.html#.VaUh0vlVhBc?referrer=http://t.co/yet7q7oKcC
AIPAC Statement on Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement http://t.co/LfNetEJ2Lt
AJC Urges Thorough Congressional Scrutiny of Iran Deal http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=7oJILSPwFfJSG&b=8479733&ct=14742275
JCPA focused on ultimate goal: Iran must not have nuclear weapons http://engage.jewishpublicaffairs.org/o/5145/p/salsa/web/blog/public/entries?blog_entry_KEY=7584
Reform Jewish Movement Responds to Proposed Nuclear Agreement with Iran http://urj.org/about/union/pr/2015/?syspage=article&item_id=118121
My Personal Reflection
While I have long been a proponent of peaceful, diplomatic solutions to world crises and have prayed deeply for outcomes that would bring peace between our homeland and her neighbors, I can’t shake the sense that closing this deal became somehow more important that making sure this was the right deal to make.
In looking at the P%+1 agreement, I have found AIPAC’s five measures for a good deal with Iran to be both important and compelling. I am most concerned that this deal does not satisfy even one of those measures:
1. The proposed deal does not ensure “anytime, anywhere” short-notice inspections;
2. The proposed deal does not clearly condition sanctions relief on full Iranian cooperation in satisfying International Atomic Energy Agency concerns over the possible military dimensions of Tehran’s program;
3. The proposed deal lifts sanctions as soon as the agreement commences, rather than gradually as Iran demonstrates sustained adherence to the agreement;
4. The proposed deal lifts key restrictions in as few as eight years;
5. The proposed deal would disconnect and store centrifuges in an easily reversible manner, but it requires no dismantlement of centrifuges or any Iranian nuclear facility.
As such, I will be reaching out directly to Senator’s Booker and Menedez for their support in expressing our deep concerns over the inadequacy of this agreement and to express my hope that they will oppose it when it comes before them for a vote.
While the President has already promised a veto, sending a vote of opposition to his desk remains important as an expression of our significant doubts about this agreement. And even if such a veto cannot be overridden, the vote of opposition will make clear that we will need to be strongly vigilant while holding Iran accountable for its actions and will strengthen the hand of future administrations as they face down her threats.
If, after doing your own research and reading, you wish to join me in expressing your concerns to Congress, I am happy to offer you the following link to a web page that will support your efforts:
Urge Congress to Oppose the Bad Deal with Iran http://t.co/8ohvQj51rB
May our actions and our prayers for peace be answered with a world in which all are secure and none are afraid.