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American Jewish Leaders Censure Nuclear Deal; Lauder Says No Way Iran Will Honor Agreement

November 24, 2013 1:52 pm 24 comments

President Obama addressing the nation about the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: White House.

American Jewish leaders reacted with deep skepticism on Sunday to details of a deal reached overnight between Iran and world powers in Geneva. The deal calls for Iran to halt key parts of its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief of approximately $7 billion dollars. But the interim agreement allows Iran to retain its nuclear production line, against the wishes of many Jewish groups who sought the dismantling of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

“Iran must be judged by its actions, not its words and promises, because they are not worth the paper they are written on,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder told The Algemeiner. “Nothing in the deceptive behavior of Iran and its leaders in recent years should make the world believe that they will honor this agreement.”

Those thoughts were shared by the leadership of Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center:  “The sanctions had the Ayatollahs on the ropes and the U.S. and West let them win the round and perhaps the match,” Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper told The Algemeiner.

“Iran has taken a page from their North Korean friends whose negotiations with the United States did nothing to stop Pyongyang from breaking out as a nuclear power when it suited them. Tehran has not been forced to destroy a single centrifuge,” the rabbis said.

Daniel S. Mariaschin, Executive Vice President of the B’nai B’rith, said, “The deal signed in Geneva does not go far enough in reversing Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon,” in an email to The Algemeiner. “The high speed centrifuges will still remain in place, and it remains unclear whether Tehran will permit full or only ‘managed’ access to all of its nuclear facilities. Its long history of deception on inspections is cause for much skepticism on this point.”

The Anti-Defamation League sounded a more forward looking tone, while expressing “deep concern” about “flaws” in the nuclear accord: “Now that the agreement has been achieved, all parties must work to uphold and rigorously enforce the existing sanctions regime,” Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in a statement. “Iran’s record of non-compliance makes us skeptical of providing sanctions relief before Iran has taken tangible steps to dismantle its nuclear program.”

“Instead, this interim agreement allows them to continue enrichment and maintain a breakout capability. Iran has not earned these concessions and has, in the past, used respites from international pressure to surreptitiously make progress in its nuclear program,” Foxman and Curtiss-Lusher said.

American Jewish Committee chief, David Harris, published a list of questions about the provisions of the deal. But, he said, “Ultimately, the true test of this agreement will be the ability of the world powers and UN agencies to verify Iranian compliance, including openness to, and full cooperation with, regular, intrusive inspections of all of its nuclear facilities.”

“Meanwhile, we believe that existing sanctions should remain in place and new sanctions, whose trigger date would not necessarily be immediate, should be pursued to underscore the seriousness of America’s determination — and the consequences of an Iranian failure to act in good faith,” Harris said, opposing calls by President Obama to refrain from passing new sanctions legislation until this weekend’s agreement is given time to prove its worth.

The WJC’s Lauder said that the organization “welcomes the preparedness of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other leaders of the U.S. Congress to support a strengthening of Iran sanctions.”

“Additional pressure will undoubtedly be needed to force the Iranians to abandon their nuclear weapons program,” Mariaschin of B’nai B’rith agreed.

“Iran is already boasting that it has now achieved international recognition of its legal right to enrich uranium —  which it will surely use to undermine the remaining ‘core’ sanctions against it,” he said.

United Against a Nuclear Iran CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace said that the agreement would do little to “roll back” Iran’s nuclear program, while its impact on Iran’s flailing economy would be significant. “By not agreeing to dismantle a single centrifuge, Iran has not rolled back its nuclear infrastructure and with the many centrifuges that it is currently operating, Iran retains the ability to breakout and produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon in as little as 2 months,” Wallace said.

“It is unrealistic to characterize sanctions as a spigot that can be turned off and back on,” Wallace said. “Six months from now we believe that the Iranian rial will have regained significant lost value and there will be far less economic pressure on the Iranian economy. And accordingly there will be far less pressure for Iran to actually dismantle a material number of centrifuges.”

“Those touting this agreement do not appear to understand the fragility of sanctions, or the dangers of rolling them back and easing the economic pressure on Iran.”


  • I have never heard so much hate someone needs to check the mirror

  • The one redeeming feature of this agreement is that it makes Israel the de facto leader of the Free World.

    Iran’s nuclear program is directed at a Shi’ite goal of bringing about the return of the “hidden imam,” the Shi’ite Muslim messiah. According to the Iranian mullahs, this result will be achieved by bringing about global chaos, not just by a strike at Israel. That is why the notion of the EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack has been so central to this discussion. Admittedly it is rather technical, but an EMP attack on America would enable Iran to kill about 90% of the American population with just two nuclear bombs. With this agreement, Iran could have the enriched uranium needed for this by next April, when the agreement expires.

    Obama is psychologically incapable of admitting he has ever made an error, especially a profound one like this, and especially when someone he hates, like PM Netanyahu, turns out to have been right. The real question is thus what Obama will do when the Iranians violate this agreement, especially if the intelligence reporting this fact comes from Israel. Will he decide that calls for more negotiations? Will he simply dismiss the evidence because it comes from Israel? Or will he get so angry that the Iranians have exposed him as the fool he is that he strikes out? And this option has more than one possible target, Iran, yes, but also Israel.

    Why do I get the feeling that when Obama read Orwell’s “1984” he thought it was a “How-to” manual?

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    Having read at 08.00 hours this morning a publication regarding the United States. There are several Jihad Gorilla training schools across the States and Southern Canada.

    I do not see how this deal struck with Iran is going to hold water? In view of the number of Guerilla training centres in the States. The States will be attacked from inside rather than out. These terrorist communities in the states are funded by Saudi primarily although I would believe also Iran.

    9/11 is an example of a preemptive attack from Islam, some of you may not be aware these communities were around in 2,000. Islam being as fanatical as it is presently and has been since ’79 planned the current scenario over 30 years ago and likely waited until a weak President came to power!

    If Obama is to have any impact on Iran and Saudi he needs to deal with the s..t on his own doorstep. I am surprised Algemeiner have not sent an investigative under cover Journalist on assignment to the States. Such an investigation could certainly change the face of American politics to me it seems advisable the US brings forward an election the main issue for address a change to the American Constitution which dis-allows the formation of terrorist organizations. The freedoms the US fought for had far more to do with tax burdens to the British Empire over 200 years ago and the land of the free does NOT apply to restrictive practices like Islam and Sharia law! The US has been a target for extreme Islam for the last thirty four years and there is no way on earth IRAN is going to adhere to any promises made yesterday.

    Info source: The Muslim issue world wide Pat Dollard

    Islamberg, New York Jihad Training For Muslims [….]majority of these are black American born males, hardened criminals who converted to radical Islam whilst serving [….]

  • “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill.

    The Western World never learns from history. They keep making the same mistake over and over again.

  • I hope Israel bombbs the h3ll out of Iran and then goes to America, captures Obama and executes him.

  • Does it really have to take a yiddisher cup to see this deal is a bad joke??

  • The risks are so huge and yet the personal arrogance of Obama to think just his presence is all the safety net that is required. He strung Israel along and has now set them up to be pariahs if they believe they need to take military or covert action. The audacity. He’s not my President.

    He must really think that the Iranian didn’t and don’t have a long-term strategy, that the Iranians never took into account that they couldn’t conceal their programs forever, that the world would eventually say no, and that they never had and don’t have a strategy, just like North Korea, to go through a series of sanctions and agreements as they incrementally build their capacity; and then they get elevate their nuclear blackmail also like North Korean. Fool me once…

    And Iran is not a bankrupt hermit kingdom, Iran has a GDP of $500B ($1T PPP- 18th largest in the world) and a terror infrastructure in place, but this guy who couldn’t write a software program with a web interface for his signature domestic program in 3.5 years and $300M- $600M+, he knows. The audacity. I hope that whatever Netanyahu believes needs to be done at any time, he does it, and with no conversation with Obama.

  • What

    O – opportunistic
    B – buffoonery
    A – after
    M – my
    A – assets

    along with Kerry refuse to acknowledge is Iran wants to commit geneocide against the nation of Israel. Would their recommended deal be the same if Canada & Mexico took the same position against the US? Or perhaps the drugs they turn a blind eye to coming accross both boarders in their opinion isn’t having the same effects on the destruction of this great country only silently vs. a mushroom cloud.
    God will have his way regarding the protection of Israel and ALL who curse her or help their enemies. So it is written so it will be done. Praise God and his long arm of mercy & justice.

  • I agree with Elise Ronan wholeheartedly.

  • Iran held 52 american diplomats hostages for 444 days until Reagan came to power and they new that he meant business. Jimmy Carter was a joke for them. Then they killed 241 Americans in Beirut, then killed 89 Argentinians. They are the only country with its own world wide terrorist organization. And lately they decided to go nuclear with the help of the UN and western powers. And now the US that spent 10 years putting sanctions in place that seemed to be working, decides to play lotto and hope for the best. This is criminal and irresponsible. It is North Korea all over again!!!

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Remember Munich 1938!

  • I think it is a good temporary deal, a step forward for Americans

    • “A step forward?” The naivete of many is amazing. In 1939, Chamberlain and Dulles called the appeasement of Hitler “a great step forward.” This is the same step. Within a year, Iran will have a bomb, just as N Korea does. And the delivery system that the ayatollahs are delivering for the bomb are ICBMs. ICBMs are not needed to attack Israel or the Gulf States, given their proximity. The ICBMs ARE needed to attack the US and eurabia.

      I think Israel is foolish in believing she is the prime target. The US satan is. My only question is where in the US did obama offer to the ayatollahs as a “free drop zone” for their nukes where he won’t allow a defense? I presume Hymietown.

  • These so-called leaders are full of crap. Where were they over the last five years while Obama was destroying everything that this nation stands for and putting Israel in jeopardy? They were raising money for the DNC and his election and hopping hey get invited to the White House Hanukkah party. They are sickening.

    • Exactly! And they said something was wrong with you, with Republicans, and still they refuse to fight the massive anti-Semitic and anti-Christian campaigns !

    • These so called Jewish leaders are more than sickening.They are all suspicious of Iran and don’t trust Iran. But where is their criticism of the person most responsible for this lousy deal? With these idiots and traitors nothing will make them change their support of Obama.

    • Robert B Geller

      I completely agree. Reminds me of the relationship of Rabbi Weiss and FDR, where Weiss (as the representative of American Jews) gave all of his support to FDR while FDR refused to allow European Jews access to the US and refused to destroy the camps. We need new leadership. I received more emails and concern from the Christians for Israel than from AIPAC! For American Jews and the organizations which represent us, it seems more important to support every liberal cause than it is to support Israel. I hope that the 78% of the American Jews who voted for Obama, sleep well tonight knowing that gay marriage is being supported, but Israel has been forsaken.

    • The US Voters are the most sstupid people in the wworld. Esoecially the Jewish voters.
      They could have made sure that this Muslim in the WH is not retutned to a second term.
      But they insited on returning him to the WH to destroy America and it’s ally, Israel.
      Are there no grounds to impeach this imposter?

      • Mr Kristian you are correct.These are stupid Uncle Tom Jews
        who are so assimilated they have forgotten from whense they came and who they are.Now that their guilt was relieved by voting for Obama and are now dissappointed,they can’t wait to vote for Hillary.

  • If you like Israel, you can keep Israel. Period. Barack Obama, Fraudster-in-Chief

  • J.Bolton – Abject Surrender by the United States

    What does Israel do now?

    John Bolton

  • Yossi Klein Halevi on the Iranian agreement

    Once again, it may well be up to Israel to save the world from a nuclear catastrophe in the Middle East. Israel did so twice before (1981 in Iraq, 2007 in Syria).

    There were only two credible threats against a nuclear Iran. The first was sanctions, the second was a possibility of an Israeli strike against Iran. This deal threatens to neutralize both.

    Obama wanted to bring peace between Arabs and Israelis. This deal has promoted a new Sunni-Israeli alliance – against President Obama.

    We may well be entering the worst crisis in the history of the American-Israeli relationship.

  • Any shock that the ADL immediately comes to obama’s defense? They are the same ALLEGED Jewish group that has intentionally removed attacks on Jews from their stats on Antisemitism in the US, all in fealty to obama to make it appear obama is “the great healer.”

    Yet, after 2 years of Anti-Jew “knockout” attacks aimed specifically at Jews in NYC that were hidden frrom the headlines by the NYPD and the ADL, Foxman continues to pretend to be a “pro-Jew” – all in the name of collecting donations so he can collect a 7-figure comp package.

    Time to dismantle the supposed “Jewish leadership” (And I must say that I don’t remember EVER being asked if they represent me or anyone I know). If we are to have a “leadership,” then we have the right to vote for who WE want representing US. The ADL does NOT represent the Jewish community.

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