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August 24, 2015 7:31 pm

Nearly 800 Rabbis Sign Petition Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal

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The rabbinical petition opposing the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Screenshot.

The rabbinical petition opposing the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.org – Nearly 800 rabbis have signed an online petition opposing the Iran nuclear deal, while urging Congress to vote against it.

“We have weighed the various implications of supporting—or opposing—this agreement. Together, we are deeply troubled by the proposed deal, and believe this agreement will harm the short-term and long-term interests of both the United States and our allies, particularly Israel,” says the petition, which identifies its organizers as Rabbis Kalman Topp and Yonah Bookstein.

As of Monday, 790 ordained rabbis from across the U.S. had signed the petition. The organizers hope to gain 1,000 signatures by Sept. 7.

The petition describes how Iran will get nearly $150 billion in sanctions relief “without any commitment to changing its nefarious behavior,” noting that the Islamic Republic calls for Israel’s annihilation, denies the Holocaust, and finances terrorism throughout the world.

“We call upon our Senators and Representatives to consider the dangers that this agreement poses to the United States and our allies, and to vote in opposition to this deal,” says the petition.

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  • kaplan

    Kol Hakavod Rabbis!

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Every rabbi in America should be against this deal with Iran. It is very bad for America as well as for Israel. How any rabbi could vote for it is far beyond any rational understanding. Just voting according to party lines is not acceptable for educated, well-read, experienced, critical thinkers. A revised, improved deal would greatly change the value of life for millions of people both in the Middle East and the rest of the world. Iran must be held accountable for it indiscretions and absolutely not be allowed to become a nuclear power.

  • I would like to think that our allies are sufficiently able to make decisions for themselves and their people. I don’t know that many of these rabbis have actually read and then discussed the agreement, thus giving them a more nuanced position than the heads of state and their advisors have already taken.

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    Bernhard Rosenberg

    GREAT NEWS!! Remember those 340 Obama ass-lickers who signed on to support this deal by which Persia gets to destroy us for nothing? Well read the following!

    Sent: Sat, Aug 22, 2015 11:46 pm
    Subject: 706 Rabbis Opposed to the Iran nuclear deal! (SO FAR!!)

    Hello Everyone, here is Rabbi Rosenberg’s email to each of the signatories of the petition he initiated:

    Shalom Rabbi,

    Thank you for signing our petition of opposition to the JCPOA (Iran nuclear agreement). After about four days, our document has garnered the signatures of 70 rabbis.

    Since initiating our campaign, I learned about another rabbinical petition that is also against the JCPOA. That document has garnered 699 signatories so far!

    My purpose for starting the rabbinical petition was to counter the 340 rabbis who declared their support of the deal, and to have an impact on U.S. Senators and Representatives when it is time for them to vote on this critical issue. Since the other petition is so successful, I think it would be best if we would “merge” our list of signatures into theirs. Therefore, I urge you to visit their petition website and sign on to their letter of opposition to the Iran nuclear deal . Assuming that there are only a few common signatures, that should bring the still-growing total to more than 760 signatories — well over double that of the response of the rabbis in support of the deal!

    Thank you again for your support of our critical petition, and, in advance, for signing this one. We hope that this strong response from the rabbinical community will be heard loudly by Congress, and that its members will vote against the Iran nuclear deal.

    Best wishes,

    Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg

    • kaplan

      Kol Hakavod Rabbi.

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