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Learn, then speak out on the Iran nuclear deal

The Jewish Community Relations Council is deeply concerned the Iran nuclear agreement gives in too much to Iran's demands and gives up too much of what American, Israeli and world interests need. While that assessment is shared by many in the Detroit Jewish community, there are some community members -- including some JCRC board members -- who feel the agreement is acceptable, verifiable and enforceable. Between those viewpoints stand others who have not yet formed an opinion or are uncertain how to evaluate the agreement.

JCRC urges Congress to evaluate the agreement with a maximum of wisdom and a minimum of partisanship. However, this is a critically important issue on which we urge metro Detroiters to exercise their capacity for civic engagement and become active participants in the process. As the Jewish community's primary convener for public policy discussions, JCRC stands as a ready resource for community members to educate themselves on the agreement, decide for themselves where they stand, and then let their elected members of Congress know their feelings.

In our view, the agreement's terms are too generous and too vague to ensure the fundamental goal by which it should be judged: preventing the mullahs from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The lifting of sanctions will give Iran billions of dollars to expand its support of terrorist groups; saying the sanctions will "snap back" if Iran cheats is little more than wishful thinking. Even if Iran doesn't secretly continue its nuclear weapons program, it will be free to weaponize its nuclear capability when the agreement ends. With its brazen hostility to Western interests and its quest for advanced weaponry, sooner or later that advanced weaponry will likely include nuclear weapons and the intercontinental ballistic missiles able to carry them to their targets.

In the window to the right are links to numerous news reports, editorials, op-eds and other documents, some that call for Congress to reject the agreement, others that argue against Congress doing so. This list will be updated often during the 60 day period Congress will be debating it. At this point in the discussion, our message to the community is: Don't sit on the sidelines. Join the discussion. Learn about the agreement, and then act on what you have learned.

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Iran Resource Center

 
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Statement on the Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement

The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran presents a unique and historic issue with potentially devastating consequences for Israel, the United States and the world at large. As a non-political organization dedicated to the social welfare... Read full story

The Iran deal and the hubris of certainty

by Uriel Heilman, JTA's senior writer and former managing editor

Admit it: You might be wrong. Yes, you have a strong view about whether the nuclear deal signed with Iran last week will spell catastrophe for Israel, or whether it's the best of a range of bad options for dealing with Iran's apparent pursuit of a nuclear weapon. But we can't predict the future, so we can't know for sure whether this deal will be more or less effective at slowing Iran's path to a bomb than the other options: a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, or rejecting this deal and hoping the world upholds sanctions and a more yielding Iran returns to the negotiating table before it can build a bomb.  Read full story  

The consequences of a bad deal with Iran

by John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

[T]he real choice we are faced with is dealing with the consequences of military action or the consequences of a nuclear Iran. Neither is palatable, but the latter is far worse. If the real objective is stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons, preemptive military action is now inescapable.  Read full story 

AIPAC fly-in launches major push against Iran nuclear deal

by Ron Kampeas, JTA

Hundreds of pro-Israel activists from across the country will descend on Capitol Hill next week to press members of Congress to reject the nuclear deal with Iran. Read full story  

The Iran Deal Poll

in the LA Jewish Journal

The L.A. Jewish Journal, an independent, nonprofit media company based in Los Angeles, sponsored the survey in order to provide a precise, thorough portrait of American-Jewish and national opinion at a time of intense concern and debate. Our hope is that the numbers and analyses presented below will provide a better understanding of how this crucial sector views the controversial deal between the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Iran. Read full story

Verification Process in Iran Deal Is Questioned by Some Experts

by Michael R. Gordon in The New York Times

The Obama administration's claim that the Iran nuclear accord provides for airtight verification procedures is coming under challenge from nuclear experts with long experience in monitoring Tehran's program. Read full story  

Security and Defense: "It's not time to warm up the engines"

Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Uzi Dayan, former IDF deputy chief of staff, interviewed in The Jerusalem Post

Israel should enter into regional cooperation with Sunni powers threatened by the Iran nuclear deal, says former IDF deputy chief of staff Uzi Dayan.   Read full story  

Testing the U.S.-Israel Bond

by Shmuel Rosner, political editor at The Jewish Journal and senior fellow at The Jewish People Policy Institute

Israel needs American support that is meaningful and goes beyond platitudes. But as they battle to get such meaningful support, Israelis also need to be careful not to alienate Americans by telling them that their support is not enough.  Read full story  

High-stakes lobbying on Iran deal; pressure for Congress

The lobbying fight is on over the pact that the U.S. and other world powers just signed with Iran.... Multimillion-dollar ad campaigns are underway by politically influential groups in each camp.  Read full story 

Pentagon chief Carter not offering new arms deal to Israel

In the face of Israeli outrage over the Iran nuclear accord, the Pentagon is moving quickly to reinforce arguably the strongest part of the U.S.-Israeli relationship: military cooperation. But officials say Washington has no plans to offer new weaponry as compensation for the Iran deal. Read full story 

Israeli ambassador: The four major problems with the Iran deal

by Ron Dermer, Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., in The Washington Post

Israel has long been concerned that the "P5+1" powers would negotiate a bad deal with Iran. But the deal announced (last week) in Vienna is breathtaking in its concessions to an Iranian regime that is the foremost sponsor of terror in the world, is on a march of conquest in the Middle East, is responsible for the murder and maiming of thousands of U.S. soldiers, and vows and works to annihilate the one and only Jewish state.  Read full story  

Detroit Free Press editorializes on the Iran deal

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Detroit News' Nolan Finley says Iran deal 'sells out Israel'.

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The Detroit News editorial board responds to Iran nuclear deal.

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If Israel disappears, others will too

by Mudar Zahran, Jordanian-Palestinian who resides in the U.K., in Israel Hayom

We Arabs have wasted seven decades of our existence awaiting Israel's demise. It is time to think of the future, and whether Israel's "disappearance" should be our ‎ultimate wish.‎ Read full story. 

UN Human Rights Report On Gaza: A Moral Travesty

by Abe Foxman, National Director, ADL, in The Jewish Week

What it amounts to is that Israel is therefore supposed to live with a situation where a party committed to its destruction would be able to choose when and where it can attack and over time, would be able to accumulate far more lethal rockets. Read full story  

 

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