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September 1, 2015 5:34 pm

Longtime Editor Says Jewish Unity Against Iran Nuclear Deal Unprecedented

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American Jewish leaders in the U.S. cannot shake off their “Galut” mentality. Photo: Isi Leibler.

Activists wear U.S. and Israeli flags together, in Washington DC. Photo: Isi Leibler.

The founding editor of the English edition of Jewish newspaper The Forward challenged the New York Times’ reporting on the U.S. Jewish community’s stance on the Vienna agreement struck by world powers and Iran.

Instead of being “divided and troubled” as the Times claimed, Lipsky pointed to a rare unity among Jews that should be enjoyed while it lasts.

Lipsky said he was startled that in the 35-plus years that he’s covered the Jewish beat, he can hardly remember a time when the Jewish voice was so united on a particular issue, this time being Western appeasement of Iran’s regime of ayatollahs and revolutionaries calling for the “annihilation” of the Jewish state.

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In commentary for Haaretz, Lipsky wrote, “the only thing on which it’s ever been unanimous is on the singularity of God. Even then, it’s unanimous only if one excludes the atheists. It strikes me that the Jewish community is less divided and troubled over the Iran deal than it is, say, on matrilineal descent, or German reparations, or Zionism, or same-sex marriage, or conversion, or negotiations with the Palestinian Arabs.”

Being the only large supporter of the deal among the organized Jewish community, J Street, a countrywide advocacy group known for toeing Obama’s line on most things Israel-related, is playing the role of dissenting rabbi in the “Sanhedrin,” and its support of the deal “underscores the breadth of the opposition,” wrote Lipsky. Indeed Jewish groups from the Anti-Defamation League, to the World Jewish Congress, the Zionist Organization of America, and Federations nationwide have all publicly denounced the deal the Obama administration hopes to make its landmark piece of foreign policy.

With the exception of some notable voices in Israel’s military and intelligence communities, Israeli officials from within and without the coalition also expressed shock over the Vienna agreement, highlighted by visits by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress before the Iran deal was signed, and opposition leader Isaac Herzog shortly after.

American Jews, like Israelis, are concerned the deal plays into the hands of a menacing and aggressive Iran bent on dominating Western Asia while openly calling for Israel’s destruction. Most in the organized community have decided the best way to get some leverage to improve the parameters of the Iran deal is to lobby Congress to pass a resolution rejecting it.

“Call it the AIJCUPOIP — for American Israeli Jewish Community Unified Position on the Iran Appeasement. J Street has validated that dissent is allowed. It’s a marvel there’s so little of it. Unanimity this broad comes along only once every generation or so,” wrote Lipsky.

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  • Chanah

    Unless you are the radical leftist Israeli media. Reshet Bet and Arutz HaRishon were both claiming that Obama got a majority (Heb. rov hadarush) in Congress to pass the Iran deal. Reshet Bet even hauled in an “expert” to claim that now Israel has become a Republican issue, ignoring the overwhelming majority of all Americans who oppose the deal, and the leading Democrats who also oppose the deal. All this to paint Netanyahu as someone who failed in his p.r. efforts, and to show Obama as the victor, and not the demagogue and dictator he really is.

  • Yo, Moderator…..! Are you kidding me? You wouldn’t allow me to post my response to this article because my opinion differs from yours, and destroys the Forward Editor’s argument that American Jews’ agreement against the deal is “unprecedented”? Are you a coward? Are you so weak and thin-skinned that you can’t handle a dissenting opinion from a fellow Jew? If you don’t post allow my comment to be posted, you are GUILTY of bad and false journalism. You are spreading false information. I thought we Jews were a moral people who care about the truth. I guess you are not moral and don’t care about the truth, but just want to promote your opinion and won’t allow a dissenting one. Here is my article again, just in case you realize how much of a coward you are being and change your mind and allow my post:

    This editor has not talked to a wide enough sample of Jewish people in the United States. There are many educated and non-biased Jews in America and elsewhere who are willing to wait to see what’s in the deal before getting hysterical and condemning it; who trust Obama’s judgement in promoting it, and see the agreement of other countries who were part of the deal to sign it as a reason to take the deal seriously. There are many Jews in America who are not pleased, and rather embarrassed, by Netanyahu’s and other Israeli and American Jews’ behavior and criticism towards Obama regarding the Iran deal. It disturbs me to see so many people who call themselves Jews are so ready to hysterically condemn the deal and the perceived intentions of its promoters, with often nasty and ugly vitriol –usually directed at the President himself, without actually knowing what is in it and / or offering a better alternative. While the editor of this article may be correct that most Jews are not in favor of the deal. There is a significant minority of people who are sensible enough to wait until the details of the Iran deal are publicly debated and understood before condemning it.

  • Hey Moderator…..! Are you kidding me? You wouldn’t allow me to post my response to this article because my opinion differs from yours, and destroys the Forward Editor’s argument that American Jews’ agreement against the deal is “unprecedented”? Are you a coward? Are you so weak and thin-skinned that you can’t handle a dissenting opinion from a fellow Jew? If you don’t post allow my comment to be posted, you are GUILTY of bad and false journalism. You are spreading false information. I thought we Jews were a moral people who care about the truth. I guess you are not moral and don’t care about the truth, but just want to promote your opinion and won’t allow a dissenting one. Here is my article again, just in case you realize how much of a coward you are being and change your mind and allow my post:

    This editor has not talked to a wide enough sample of Jewish people in the United States. There are many educated and non-biased Jews in America and elsewhere who are willing to wait to see what’s in the deal before getting hysterical and condemning it; who trust Obama’s judgement in promoting it, and see the agreement of other countries who were part of the deal to sign it as a reason to take the deal seriously. There are many Jews in America who are not pleased, and rather embarrassed, by Netanyahu’s and other Israeli and American Jews’ behavior and criticism towards Obama regarding the Iran deal. It disturbs me to see so many people who call themselves Jews are so ready to hysterically condemn the deal and the perceived intentions of its promoters, with often nasty and ugly vitriol –usually directed at the President himself, without actually knowing what is in it and / or offering a better alternative. While the editor of this article may be correct that most Jews are not in favor of the deal. There is a significant minority of people who are sensible enough to wait until the details of the Iran deal are publicly debated and understood before condemning it.

  • A. Frank

    Hey Moderator….. Are you kidding me? You wouldn’t allow me to post my response to this article because my opinion differs from yours? Are you a coward? Are you so weak and thin-skinned that you can’t handle a dissenting opinion from a fellow Jew? Here is my article again, just in case you realize how much of a coward you are being and change your mind and allow my post:

    This editor has not talked to a wide enough sample of Jewish people in the United States. There are many educated and non-biased Jews in America and elsewhere who are willing to wait to see what’s in the deal before getting hysterical and condemning it; who trust Obama’s judgement in promoting it, and see the agreement of other countries who were part of the deal to sign it as a reason to take the deal seriously. There are many Jews in America who are not pleased, and rather embarrassed, by Netanyahu’s and other Israeli and American Jews’ behavior and criticism towards Obama regarding the Iran deal. It disturbs me to see so many people who call themselves Jews are so ready to hysterically condemn the deal and the perceived intentions of its promoters, with often nasty and ugly vitriol –usually directed at the President himself, without actually knowing what is in it and / or offering a better alternative. While the editor of this article may be correct that most Jews are not in favor of the deal. There is a significant minority of people who are sensible enough to wait until the details of the Iran deal are publicly debated and understood before condemning it.

  • A. Frank

    Hey Moderator….. Are you kidding me? You wouldn’t allow me to post my response to this article because my opinion differs from yours? Are you a coward? Are you so weak and thin-skinned that you can’t handle a dissenting opinion from a fellow Jew? Here is my article again, just in case you realize how much of a coward you are being and change your mind and allow my post:

    This editor has not talked to a wide enough sample of Jewish people in the United States. There are many educated and non-biased Jews in America and elsewhere who are willing to wait to see what’s in the deal before getting hysterical and condemning it; who trust Obama’s judgement in promoting it, and see the agreement of other countries who were part of the deal to sign it as a reason to take the deal seriously. There are many Jews in America who are not pleased, and rather embarrassed, by Netanyahu’s and other Israeli and American Jews’ behavior and criticism towards Obama regarding the Iran deal. It disturbs me to see so many people who call themselves Jews are so ready to hysterically condemn the deal and the perceived intentions of its promoters, with often nasty and ugly vitriol –usually directed at the President himself, without actually knowing what is in it and / or offering a better alternative. While the editor of this article may be correct that most Jews are not in favor of the deal. There is a significant minority of people who are sensible enough to wait until the details of the Iran deal are publicly debated and understood before condemning it.

  • A. Frank

    Hey Moderator… Are you kidding me? You wouldn’t allow me to post my response to this article because my opinion differs from yours? Are you a coward? Are you so weak and thin-skinned that you can’t handle a dissenting opinion from a fellow Jew? Here is my article again, just in case you realize how much of a coward you are being and change your mind and allow my post:

    This editor has not talked to a wide enough sample of Jewish people in the United States. There are many educated and non-biased Jews in America and elsewhere who are willing to wait to see what’s in the deal before getting hysterical and condemning it; who trust Obama’s judgement in promoting it, and see the agreement of other countries who were part of the deal to sign it as a reason to take the deal seriously. There are many Jews in America who are not pleased, and rather embarrassed, by Netanyahu’s and other Israeli and American Jews’ behavior and criticism towards Obama regarding the Iran deal. It disturbs me to see so many people who call themselves Jews are so ready to hysterically condemn the deal and the perceived intentions of its promoters, with often nasty and ugly vitriol –usually directed at the President himself, without actually knowing what is in it and / or offering a better alternative. While the editor of this article may be correct that most Jews are not in favor of the deal. There is a significant minority of people who are sensible enough to wait until the details of the Iran deal are publicly debated and understood before condemning it.

  • A. Frank

    This editor has not talked to a wide enough sample of Jewish people in the United States. There are many educated and non-biased Jews in America and elsewhere who are willing to wait to see what’s in the deal before getting hysterical and condemning it; who trust Obama’s judgement in promoting it, and see the agreement of other countries who were part of the deal to sign it as a reason to take the deal seriously. There are many Jews in America who are not pleased, and rather embarrassed, by Netanyahu’s and other Israeli and American Jews’ behavior and criticism towards Obama regarding the Iran deal. It disturbs me to see so many people who call themselves Jews are so ready to hysterically condemn the deal and the perceived intentions of its promoters, with often nasty and ugly vitriol –usually directed at the President himself, without actually knowing what is in it and / or offering a better alternative. While the editor of this article may be correct that most Jews are not in favor of the deal. There is a significant minority of people who are sensible enough to wait until the details of the Iran deal are publicly debated and understood before condemning it.

  • nelson marans

    One should read the New York Times for the Magazine, Book Review, Style, Sports and Business sections and even those with a critical eye. The anti-Israel bias has been demonstrated for decades in the Opinion, Editorial and news reporting with little or no correction even for obvious errors.

  • Juan Vega

    The liberal press went wild when a GOP candidate said that the Iran Deal was like getting Jews to face the ovens again. I said; why are we upset at facing an existential threat with Iran as the new Nazi Germany?

    Those senators that vote to save the deal from a veto override will live to regret their vote. War is not the only alternative to the deal. Weakness and relaxation of the embargo are an invitation to genocide.
    Those that call for the sacrifice of some liberty for peace and security will get neither peace nor security.
    Irrational people and beliefs surrender only to overwhelming force and might of ideas. ISIS beheads individuals, Iran will behead a nation.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    I am gratified to read reports of Jewish unity, but the CURRENT editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, J.J. Goldberg, came out FOR the horrendous Iran deal. Mr. Lipsky must be very unhappy with the direction the newspaper he founded has taken. I don’t see any difference between the Forward and J Street. J Street is Obama’s representative (some would say 5th column) within the Jewish community and the Forward is Obama’s house organ.

    • Robin

      J Street and The Forward are both run by anti-Israel,self hating Jews.

  • Francis Figliola

    I cancelled my NYTimes subscription about 5-6 years ago in favor of the WSJ because I found that the NYT had become an in house publication of the DNC!

  • American Jew

    It’s hard to find any way to justify calling J Street a pro-Israel organization or even a Jewish organization at this point.

    I think the best way of describing J Street is… a pro-Palestinian organization stocked with many progressive learning Jews.

  • Mickey Oberman

    I am happy to see the American Jewish community so united at last.

    However, to trust any kind of deal or agreement or pact with Obama would be a egregious error.

  • Abbushuki

    Amazing that the Jewish Journal poll showing a plurality of Jews in favor of the deal has not been publicly debunked. It’s protocol asked if anyone in the household is a Jew. If yes, then the respondent was counted as Jewish! No more calls were made to Brooklyn than were made to Delouth, undercounting severely Orthodox Jewish opinion. Results magically confirmed opinions of the poll’s leftist sponsors.

  • steven L

    The support to Obama from the Jewish democrats are the evidence so far!

  • steven L

    I doubt very much that most liberal Jews are on the same side!!!!!

  • Rabbi Emily Korzenik

    it is interesting that the NYTimes presented a picture of bitter disagreement about the Iran deal within the Jewish community. But then the NYTimes always does its best to create negative representations of Jews and Israel. They gave the story a place on the front page. I cannot remember when a worthwhile thing about Israel or Jews could be found on the front page.

  • Jesse Joseph

    I just knew the Jewish people in general are not stupid as the New York Times is most of the time. Will they ever wake up? After all, the owners of this raggy NYT are Jewish. I call them traitors to the U.S.

    • A. Letz

      Correction: The NY Times is owned by the Sulzberger family, former Jews who converted to Episcopalian!

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