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February 5, 2017 11:52 am

Trump Administration Draws Praise From Major US Jewish Groups Over New Iran Sanctions

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An Iranian missile on display in a parade. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

An Iranian missile on display in a parade. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Trump administration’s move on Friday to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic drew praise from numerous major US Jewish groups.

“Nefarious Iranian behavior cannot go unchecked,” American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO David Harris said. “Rigorous monitoring of Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA and related international measures, such as the UN ban on ballistic missile tests, is imperative to successfully curtailing Iran’s threats to regional and global security.”

B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin said, “Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, exerts its influence in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and across the Middle East. We are encouraged that the administration is taking steps to reduce the Iranian threat by countering the regime’s ballistic missile program.”

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) stated, “Iran has stepped up its aggressive behavior over the last year, highlighted by another ballistic missile test this week. The Trump administration has made clear that the United States intends to push back against Iran’s unacceptable actions, and these new designations mark an important first step. We also appreciate the bipartisan group of 22 senators who advocated for additional sanctions.”

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Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said, “The Trump administration’s swift and targeted response today sends an important signal that the US remains, and will continue to be, serious about holding the regime in Tehran accountable for its behavior. We hope others in the international community will follow suit and will refuse to allow Iran’s dangerous threats to be met with impunity.”

Matt Brooks — the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition — said, “With Iran becoming increasingly emboldened, it’s a welcome sight to see President Trump quickly and aggressively respond to their hostile actions. President Trump has made it clear that threatening activities from Iran to the United States and our allies will not go unanswered, and the new sanctions imposed today prove he will deliver on that promise.”

Earlier last week, as reported by The Algemeiner, Jewish organizations expressed alarm over Iran’s ballistic missile test that was conducted last Sunday.

According to the Treasury Department, the new sanctions are aimed at 13 individuals and 12 entities “involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps — Qods Force.”

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