Elie Wiesel Says ‘Iran Must Not Be Allowed to Remain Nuclear’ in Full Page Ads in NYT, WSJ

December 18, 2013 11:41 am 32 comments
Chairman of The Algemeiner Journal's Advisory Board, Professor Elie Wiesel speaking at the newspaper's 40th anniversary gala, on April 22, 2013. Photo: Sarah Rogers / Algemeiner.

Chairman of The Algemeiner Journal's Advisory Board, Professor Elie Wiesel speaking at the newspaper's 40th anniversary gala, on April 22, 2013. Photo: Sarah Rogers / Algemeiner.

Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Laureate and The Algemeiner Advisory Board Chairman, on Wednesday said,“Iran must not be allowed to remain nuclear,” in a full page ad taken out in the New York Times. The ad will run in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

The ads were paid for by Jewish philanthropist Birthright Israel co-founder Michael Steinhardt and were produced by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s  This World: The Values Network.

In the ad, Prof. Wiesel asks “should the civilized nations of the world trust a regime whose supreme leader said yet again last month that Israel is ‘doomed to annihilation,’ and referred to my fellow Jewish Zionists as ‘rabid dogs?’”

He tells readers that we must “appeal to President Obama and Congress to demand, as a condition of continued talks, the total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and the regime’s public and complete repudiation of all genocidal intent against Israel. And I appeal to the leaders of the United States Senate to go forward with their vote to strengthen sanctions against Iran until these conditions have been met.”

Of the decision to co-sponsor the ad, Rabbi Boteach said, “Elie Wiesel is the greatest Jewish personality alive and my personal hero. He is a man of incomparable humanity and he is calling the world’s attention to the unmitigated catastrophe of a nuclear-armed Iran. I salute his courage in speaking out against the human rights outrages of the Mullahs of Iran who slaughter their own people with impunity and who have repeatedly threatened Israel with extinction.”

On Steinhardt’s involvement, Boteach also said, “Nobody loves the Jewish people like Michael Steinhardt, a name synonymous with bursting Jewish pride and incomparable generosity. I thank Michael for facilitating Elie Wiesel’s warning to the world about Iran.”

The full text of the ad is posted below:

Iran Must Not Be Allowed to Remain Nuclear

If there is one lesson I hope the world has learned from the past it is that regimes rooted in brutality must never be trusted. And the words and actions of the leadership of Iran leave no doubt as to their intentions.

Should the civilized nations of the world trust a regime whose supreme leader said yet again last month that Israel is “doomed to annihilation,” and referred to my fellow Jewish Zionists as “rabid dogs?”

Should we who believe in human rights, trust a regime which in the 21st century stones women and hangs homosexuals?

Should we who believe in freedom trust a regime which murdered its own citizens in the streets of Tehran when the people protested a stolen election in the Green Revolution of Summer, 2009?

Should we who believe in the United States trust a regime whose parliament last month erupted in “Death to America” chants as they commemorated the 34th anniversary of the storming of our Embassy in Tehran?

Should we who believe in life trust a regime whom our own State Department lists as one of the world’s foremost sponsors of terrorism?

America, too, defines itself by its words and actions. America adopted me, as it did so many others, and gave me a home after my people were exterminated in the camps of Europe. And from the time of the founding fathers America has always stood up to tyrants. Our nation is morally compromised when it contemplates allowing a country calling for the destruction of the State of Israel to remain within reach of nuclear weapons.

Sanctions have come at a terrible economic cost for the people of Iran. But, unfortunately, sanctions are what have brought the Iranian regime to the negotiating table.

I appeal to President Obama and Congress to demand, as a condition of continued talks, the total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and the regime’s public and complete repudiation of all genocidal intent against Israel. And I appeal to the leaders of the United States Senate to go forward with their vote to strengthen sanctions against Iran until these conditions have been met.

I once wrote that history has taught us to trust the threats of our enemies more than the promises of our friends. Our enemies are making serious threats. It is time to take them seriously. It is time for our friends to keep their promises.

Elie Wiesel

Nobel Peace Laureate

This Ad was produced by This World: The Values Network (LOGO)

Executive Director, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

And Sponsored by Michael Steinhardt, Board of Governors, This World: The Values Network; co-founder Birthright Israel


  • America and Russia both had bombs so neither of us could use them. Obama thinks that the same will hold true for Israel and Iran. But Russia and America were separated by oceans and both were huge. Iran is the equivalent of Nazi Germany marching across Europe. She is a Shiite nation allied with Hezbollah, Assad, and Hamas, enemies of the Sunnis and filled with hate toward the Jews. We’re giving her an edge over everyone else in the Mideast.

  • Prf. Elie Wiese with this article has echoed the voice of Iranian People as well.

    NO one wants another world war, No one wants more bloodshed in the Middle East.

    For the same reason,in order to stop Iranian regime from Nuclear weapon we should support Iranian people and their opposition groups who are seeking regime change in Iran.

    The only solution for the region and for the world is: “REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN”.

  • The eloquence of Eli Weisel, and including those of us who experienced the Shoah as little children, remember a history that the civilized nations must never forget.
    At this time in history, we again see the rise of a dictatorship with the specific agenda of annihilating the State of Israel., and gaining power and control by building a nuclear arsenal that will threated the entire Middle East region.
    Diplomacy, in my view, will not hinder or delay Iran from going forward in their political domination of the region through an ongoing commitment to build and maintain a powerful nuclear arsenal.

  • Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s How’s your Book selling, and when do you plan on converting, you’d make a great pastor.

    Sharon Kerr

  • Obama to Bibi – grab your ankles – it is for your own good. And imagine all the stupid yids who voted and donated to him.

    • What Mr. Michael Steinhardt saying is an insult to intelligence of people

      Mr. Michael Steinhardt, people from Latvia and Estonia and Ukraine and Poland suddenly consider themselves to be 5000 yrs old Jews, became sons and daughters of Sarah by a miracle

      As Ben Gurion correctly said, most probably those Palestinians are the original Jews that had to convert to Islam

      Wiesel should be ashamed for Zionist propaganda

      Don’t forget, Israel’s ONLY golden age was as Persian Satrapy


      • Jews write everything down so our history is not as obscure as you seem to think. One of our main contributions is the bible, and we consider Abraham, Moses, Esther, David, etc. all part of our golden age, as is the fact that the bible is still used and loved by millions of people. Palestine was the name the Romans gave to Israel two thousand years ago. That’s what happened to our Jewish ancestors–they changed their name to Palestinian. The first Arabs came as warriors in 680, thousands of years after the Jews. When they came to stay is debatable, but Jews have never objected to an Arab as well as a Jewish state in the land that was Israel. The objections have always come from the Arabs.

  • Martin Bookspan

    God bless Elie Wiesel! He has had the courage to step forward and proudly and loudly, with forthright lsnguage, warn all humanity of the cataclysm that will befall us should the mullahs of Iran be allowed to have their own nuclear arsenal. They must be stopped dead in their tracks by any and all means possible. Congress please note!

  • Allowing this regime the supreme weapon is to put death
    to anyone who disagrees with their views and religious
    tolerance. Iranians are proving themselves quite
    capable of Genocide in their announcements and their ultimate aim.

    Israel is merely the canary in the coal mine. Please
    Wash.DC…………….WAKE UP.

    • When does Israel plan on giving up its nuclear weapons?

      How did Israel obtain their nuclear weapons?

      Why has Israel refused to sign the NPT and open its doors to inspections?

      Perhaps the principals involved in this organization should register with the State Department as foreign agents.

    • ha ha ha

      This site is rigged.

  • Well done and Iran regime and abuse home and abroad will stop only after Obama will be out of office as he the silent allies of that regime.How he ignored the massacre of Iran and Christian’s there, that include Jews as well.Iran propaganda and action are clearly been report by media and ignored by UN member USA. Kerry politic is a disaster, is only facilitate the Islamic to control the world.

  • Netanyahu said CLEARLY: “Israel shall not allow Iran to DEVELOP THE CAPABILITY to build a nuclear weapon”…which means that Israel will stop, bs”d, Iran’s uranium enrichment and plutonium production.
    Now let’s see if he walks the walk or just talks the talk.

  • Mohd Rafiq Abdullah

    “Regimes rooted in brutality must never be trusted”……such as “the Star-Spangled Banner perchance.

  • Amen
    Now its up to each and every one of us to act and spread the word. Call Congress (202-225-3121) and the White House (202-456-1111)

  • It was Jewish money that financed the American Revolution as well as the fight to free slaves in the Civil War. It seems it will be Jewish money that keeps America and Israel free from tyrants like Iran. Bravo!

  • Why are so many Jewish leaders Jewish organizations and Jewish news sites silent as Iran’s Supreme Leader repeatedly calls for genocide against the Jews?

    • Because many of these organizations contain liberal, guilt-ridden, self-loathing Jews who live in a delusional state of Utopia. If we just were to hug the Arabs and heal them, there wouldn’t be any terrorism. Perhaps we should have hugged more Germans back in the 1930s.

    • Power up the paranoia, Mr. Klein.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    It’s plain that Iran believes, quite correctly, that few problems can’t be solved by the application of high explosives.

    It’s past time their intended victims, Israel most of all, arive at the same conclusion.

  • Bruce Louis Cohen

    Bravo, Eli Wiesel, for saying out loud what everyone knows.

    Would we sit idly by and allow Hitler to develop The Bomb, when he already had V-2′s capable of reaching London?

    Iran has both declared and demonstrated what it will do with acquired nuclear weaponry. What Hitler declared openly in “Mein Kampf” was too insanely violent for normal readers to believe as written. Yet, those were his literal intents: and when he acquired the means to enact them – he did.

    The cost of Iranian acquisition of even one nuclear warhead is too horrible to contemplate. It will most likely be fired at the spot inside Israel’s borders with the largest concentration of Jews versus smallest of Arabs on the same day the bomb becomes operational.

    Let us not become a generation of Neville Chamberlains: waiving a piece of paper from a pathological liar and established murderer, and saying, “We will have peace in our time!”

    With Iranian acquisition of long-range deliverable nuclear warheads – we will most likely have Nuclear Winter in our time: and the snow will be the ashes from the incinerated cities they destroy, until those better armed are forced to destroy them with even more nuclear might. Then – we all lose. Us. Iran. Everyone.

    No Iranian Bomb. Not now. Not ever.

    I end as I began: would we sit idly by and allow Hitler to develop The Bomb, when he already had V-2′s capable of reaching London?

    Bruce L. Cohen
    Manhattan, New York City

    • Mr. Cohen

      Who has the record of attacking other sovereign countries, Iran or Israel?

      Who forced a “state” in Palestine by violent and terroristic methods?


      Who possess all the nuclear weapons in the region despite having all the best of conventional weaponry and dominates the region?

      Do you really believe the tripe you posted?

  • the Islamist jihadists infiltrating the Middle East are succeeding only because the US has been allowing/enabling them for the past five years. Until the US feels pressure and American Jews who elected them address this publically it will only get worse.

  • Thank You Mr. Elie Wiesel! Let the domino effect of support for what’s correct and just…begin! Am Israel Chai!

  • I would not trust Iran even if they apologized to Israel.Israel has had many enemies since the beginning of time.I am trying to say something intelligent,knowing the caliber of men I am addressing. I stand with Israel no matter what because I know Israel will be here when the last stone is thrown.Obama has said,”The future should not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Israel”. He has also said,”If the political winds shift in an ugly direction I will stand with the Muslims”.That being said,why should any Israeli or Christian,Jew or Gentile trust him? I don’t. People should learn,or take notice what Israel has done for the human race. Israeli Doctors Have Developed Life-Saving Treatments and Drugs
    Throughout Israel’s history, Israeli doctors, scientists and researchers have produced countless medical advances. Whether achieved through independent research or joint projects with the United States, the medical discoveries made by the Jewish state are improving the lives of millions of Americans and others around the globe. Israel is an asset to the world.The world should protect Israel,its a “City On A Hill”.I am not trying to dis Iran,but what has Iran contributed to the well being of human kind,or the world? Either way,I have read the end of the (books),I know who wins.I will stand with Israel. Obama can stand with the Muslims.

    • Mr. Hoffman-

      Playing the “Jewish achievement” angle?

      Your specious argument gives a group of people special rights because some of that group has contributed to society?

      Is that your premise?

      By the way, most of the achievement was accomplished by Westerners and you may be trying to compare third world people with Western Jews.

      No go.

      • Irv. Regarding your implication that Bruce thinks the Jews should be given “special rights” because of their contributions to civilizations, let me say that, first, you’re completely and totally mischaracterizing what he’s saying. I don’t know if it’s out of ignorance, stupidity or just plain old communist duplicity, but there it is. You missed his point entirely. Second, even if that WERE his point – yeah. I’m down with that. I’m willing to cut the people who’ve made life better for untold millions some slack. Because I want them around! More so than a race of murderous cretins who still haven’t quite grasped the usefulness of a bar of soap, toilet paper, or the porcelain appliances commonly associated with both. Thank you, sir. Happy New Year!

  • Elie Wiesel is a hero of the highest order. If anything the call for complete repudiation of all genocidal intent against Israel is what we should be pushing for. Getting Iran to the position of no longer backing terror and pushing for genocide would be a victory. I don’t know if it is realistic to dismantle their nuclear program, they already have a clandestine nuclear weapons program which went unaddressed in Geneva. The country is large and has natural resources like uranium so the best bet may be to bargain for an apology and pledge to Israel and accept that they have the ability. I would be satisfied if they stop financing terror, admit they have a secret nuclear weapons program, apologize to Israel and allow inspections of a peaceful nuclear program. America no longer stands up to tyrants, at least, our President seems to support them even if they don’t trust him. I think the real question is, should we trust Obama to handle this?

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