Since the Nuclear Agreement was signed with Iran, we have seen a conflicted reality for those who support Israel and a nuclear-free Iran and those who support the values and decisions of the American government. This is, more or less, the exact same people. The wording of public statements released by leading lobby groups, organizations and non-profits who support Israel reflects this understanding, while driving for crucial changes in the Agreement.
The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) posted a message which said:
AIPAC has consistently supported diplomatic efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and we appreciate the commitment and dedication of President Obama and his administration throughout these negotiations.
Unfortunately, this proposed agreement fails to halt Iran’s nuclear quest. Instead, it would facilitate rather than prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and would further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror. We strongly believe that the alternative to this bad deal is a better deal.
Congress should reject this agreement, and urge the administration to work with our allies to maintain economic pressure on Iran while offering to negotiate a better deal that will truly close off all Iranian paths to a nuclear weapon.
Contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose the bad deal with Iran. The Key points to discuss:
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.
The Israeli American Council is similarly petitioning supporters saying, “As Israeli-Americans, we have a unique interest in the security of our home, the United States, and our homeland, Israel. Having reviewed the points released in the agreement between the P5+1 and Iran, it appears that on July 14th, 2015, our world became a more dangerous place. We support the deep diplomatic efforts to resolve this global threat, however we are gravely concerned that the deal excuses Iran’s deceptive attempts to achieve nuclear capability and legitimizes Iran’s aspirations to become a nuclear regional superpower.”
StandWithUs, the non-profit organization that informs the public about Israel and combats extremism and anti-Semitism, has posted their to-do list and Roz Rothstein, StandWithUs CEO and co-founder articulated the problem, “Caring individuals do not want to permit a nuclear-armed Iran to develop in our lifetime. This is not a partisan issue. It is an issue of life and death. The stakes are too high and this will impact the world for generations. In the not too distant past, liberal democracies failed to stop a fascist, racist, anti-Semitic regime. We cannot afford to repeat that mistake. Congress should hold fast to the critically important terms of a good deal if the region, the United States and the world is to be safe from a nuclear-armed regime in Iran”
Want to get involved? Then call, write, or visit your representative and local senators and insist on incorporating the necessary changes to the agreement.