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July 14, 2015 9:40 am

Jewish Groups Slam Iran Nuclear Deal as Realization of ‘Deepest Fears’

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President Obama announces the Iran deal. Photo: Screenshot.

President Obama announces the Iran deal. Photo: Screenshot.

Jewish groups railed against President Barack Obama’s announcement on Tuesday that negotiators had reached a deal with Iran over the country’s nuclear program, warning that it had manifested critics’ “deepest fears.”

“Today’s announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran is a realization of the deepest fears and the most dire predictions of skeptics who have, for two years, been warning against exactly this outcome,” said Josh Block, the president and chief executive of pro-Israel media group The Israel Project.

“The deal will give Iran billions in cash and sanctions relief to fuel its terror and war machines, shred the hard-won sanctions regime beyond repair, and enable the Iranians to get away with hiding the full extent of their nuclear work, infrastructure, and know-how,” said Block. “It will not have an enforceable inspections regime or a workable way to re-impose pressure on Iran when it cheats.”

Critics of the deal fear it will enrich the ayatollah regime as sanctions are lifted and long-sequestered funds become available to Tehran. Many have criticized the deal for failing to address Iranian regional belligerence: its intercontinental ballistic missile program, its funding of terrorist proxies region-wide from Iraq to Syria, Lebanon to the Gaza Strip, Yemen and even Cyprus, calls by the highest echelon’s of Iran’s military for Israel’s destruction and chants of “Death to America” during national rallies.

Additionally, Block warned that when the deal expires a decade from now, Iran will be allowed under the so-called “sunset clause” to have a “full-blown nuclear program — a screw’s turn away from a nuclear weapon.”

And, the Israel Project said reports have indicated that the nuclear deal would lift the U.N. implemented arms embargo on the country, allowing it to make massive arms purchases with its newly released funds.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it was concerned that the deal would not necessarily bar all possible routes Iran could take to obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“During these negotiations, we outlined five critical requirements for a good deal,” said AIPAC. “We are deeply concerned based on initial reports that this proposed agreement may not meet these requirements, and thereby would fail to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon and would further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror.”

In fact, each of AIPAC’s “requirements” — which reflected Israeli demands — were called into question over the past few weeks by Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who rejected inspections at non-nuclear military sites thereby refusing to address all concerns about the possible military dimensions of its nuclear program.

The national chair and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Barry Curtiss-Lusher and Abraham H. Foxman, respectively, said upon an initial review of the deal that its gravest shortcomings were relying on the good faith of the Iranian regime to comply, and the ability of nuclear inspectors to enforce the agreement.

Additionally, “While President Obama, Secretary [of State John] Kerry, Undersecretary Wendy Sherman and the P5+1 negotiators invested a formidable amount of effort in securing a respite from the most immediate threat posed by Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions, the JCPOA does not prevent it for the long term,” they said. “In ten years, Iran will be able to rapidly expand its enrichment capacity.”

The president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, was slightly more optimistic, and he expressed eagerness to see the details of the deal and hope that the inspections regime would address concerns over Iranian intentions regarding its nuclear program.

But, he cautioned, “there is no reason to trust Iran” over the deal’s implementation.

“Tehran has a long history of misleading the world,” he said. “Last Friday’s government-sponsored ‘Quds Day’ rallies, in which the masses again shouted ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel,’ are a good example of why we shouldn’t be overly optimistic.”

Looking ahead, American Jewish Committee David Harris said “it is now incumbent on the United States Congress, pursuant to the provisions of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, to thoroughly review, debate, and, ultimately, vote it up or down.”

“That process should be driven by one central question: Will the deal enhance the security of the United States, our allies in the Middle East, and the world? If so, then it should be supported. If not, then it must be opposed. This may be the single most important foreign policy issue of our generation to come before legislators in Washington. As a nation, we absolutely must get it right. This agreement ought to be weighed on its merits only – nothing more, nothing less.”

Left-wing Jewish group J Street, meanwhile, welcomed the news of the nuclear deal, calling the agreement “complex and multi-faceted.”

According to J Street, what has been reported of the deal appeared to match the framework announced in Lausanne, Switzerland back in April, and the group said it was hopeful that U.S. and international non-proliferation experts had blocked each of the potential pathways to a bomb.





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  • Wm. J. Levy

    Is any other group in danger of being annhilated than the Jews.

    What does it take to make Jews furious enough to want to kill their haters?

    Bomb Iran into rubble and start with the top when they’re all in a meeting and destroy the Iranian Guards.

  • Lanny

    Jews who voted for, or otherwise supported Obama and his cronies disgust me. I hereby revoke their Judaism*. (Did it work? If not, too bad.)

    *For liberal Jews who sorely lack a sense of humor (as well as any other sense) the sentence ending with the asterisk is a joke.

  • Yale

    In Nov. 2013, I predicted that the Iran nuclear deal would grant the West only one concession: the right to introduce the resolution to the Security Council lifting all sanctions against Iran. Did we even get that?

  • brian ellman

    I am deeply disappointed that you even mention J-Street
    This is an organization that is not worthy of being mentioned in the same arena as AIPAC,ADL,AJC or any other organization that is protective of the rights of the Jewish people
    They are a blot on the escutcheon of Jewry

  • Steve Loeb

    Buckle up and get ready for what promises to be a huge spike of anti Semitism that is already poisoning the Iran deal debate. Maryland Senator Ben Cardin answering phone calls on CSPAN this morning got a little flavor of it when he dared to express ANY doubt counter to the Obama line

  • Larry Andrews

    Yes, there really is a Santa Claus and it is called this agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. There needs to be complete and total unanimity by America’s Jewish community AGAINST believing in Santa Claus.

  • Paul Winter

    The response condemning the deal in such pompous obsequious terms is typical of Jewish leadership. Anyone with any brains, backbone and just a modicum of courage would have damned not the deal but the dealer for his duplicitous behaviour, for selling out his country and his country’s allies. Obama betrays everything his country stands for. He has revealed himself as a facilitator of revolutionary islam and he should be impeached for treason.

  • Can you trust the Iranians? Of course not. As Mr. Eiezer Sherman says it: They are gaining time to oil better their war machine. Remember we are infidels to them since we are Judeo -Christians.
    Iran is also involved in drug trafficking and money laundering as well, since “drugs” is another source of income. They are partners withe the Venezuelan Castro-Maduro-chavistic regime.

  • HP Benson

    Wendy Sherman is the traitor here, running the show. Kerry has little moxy or knowledge.

  • HP Benson

    Wendy Sherman is behind this. Obama and Kerry are paper tigers who know little and have no moxy.

  • Elisheva

    Gaining a minute and loosing eternity – that is the deal.

  • Pastor CJ

    Hellary Clinton fully supports this deal, which means like Obama, she HATES Israel and wants it wiped off the map. Jews, DO NOT support Hellary! If you do, you walk right into Hitler’s ovens!


    Is the Whitehouse a branch of Islam.Is Obama a Muslim? I think that he has proved he is and now with the Deal with Iran he too could be part of the end of Israel first and them the USA next. Has Obama booked his spot in “Paradise” next to Mohammad? I think so.

    Look who’s new in the White House!
    Arif Alikhan
    – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department Of Homeland Security

    Mohammed Elibiary
    – Homeland Security Adviser

    Rashad Hussain
    Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference(OIC)

    Salam al-Marayati
    – Obama Adviser and founder of the Muslim Public
    Affairs Council and is its current executive director

    Imam Mohamed Magid
    – Obama’s Sharia Czar from the Islamic Society of North America

    Eboo Patel
    Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighbourhood Partnerships
    These people are all Muslim Brotherhood members.

    This is now soooo scary !!!
    The Foxes Are now officially living in the hen house.. Now ask me why I am very concerned!!! Do you feel OK with this??? Who guided Obama on the Iran Deal? Was it the above Muslims??

    How can all this happen, AND WHEN WILL AMERICA WAKE UP ???

    America is being fundamentally and drastically changed!!!
    (Just like Obama had promised… BEFORE he was elected )

  • yussi

    How dumb can they be to believe in iran

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    J Street isn’t a pro Israel organization even if they are trying to convince otherwise. I personally don’t give a dam about what there are thinking. They could say that the SS during the Nazi period that they were good people too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • art

    It is time for the US Jewish people to realize and that Obama is at war against Israel. He has used the so called negotiations as a shield to protect the iranians The agreement appears to be another Obama crumble, he fled from every “redline” and gave iran what they wanted. Obama even used Nancy Sherman as a negotiator, she did such a good job for Clinton on his North Korea treaty.

  • nelson marans

    Obama and Kerry have accomplished the ultimate sell out to Iran, endangering the entire Middle East. Both will get the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Rouhani and Khamenei while Iran becomes the dominant nation in the region and U. S. allies are threatened with extinction or overthrow of existing governments.

  • Michele Nagoda

    Obama is either a hapless fool but I believe more likely a maniacal lunatic! He is dangerous…he is self consumed and very, very misdirected.

    Something must be done about this man, his cohorts and the other partners in crime around the world.

    i am shocked and embarrassed to be an American at this moment in time!!

    Michele Nagoda