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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.
To send a message to your senators, congressional representatives and the White House,
To send a letter-to-the-editor to a newspaper,
Israeli reporter speaks on Iran deal - August 31, 7:30pm
Iran Resource Center
Metro area backers, foes pound pavement on Iran deal
by Mark Hicks in The Detroit News
The demonstrations Wednesday came as President Obama sought to convince Michigan residents to support the deal. He gave brief interviews to several TV stations across the country — including with WXYZ (Channel 7), an ABC affiliate in Metro Detroit. It was the first local TV interview Obama has granted to a Michigan station in several years. Read full story
200 retired US generals lobby Congress to reject Iran deal
by Avi Lewis in The Times of Israel
Letter signed by former officers and navy admirals says nuclear agreement will enable Tehran to become "far more dangerous...." Read full story
Stabenow, others back nuclear deal with Iran
by Todd Spangler in the Detroit Free Press
Later in the day, two other members of the U.S. House from Michigan -- Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield -- also announced their support of the nuclear agreement, which is expected to come up for a vote when Congress returns to Washington next month. Read full story
Why Republicans Reject the Iran Deal — and All Diplomacy
by Nicole Hemmer and Tom Swotzeraug in The New York Times
Since the nuclear deal with Iran was announced on July 14, Republicans have attacked it with fire-and-brimstone zeal. They have called it everything from appeasement to betrayal. President Obama has fired back, arguing that opposition to the deal stems from the same worldview that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.... Read full story
If ever there was a time to call your congressman or congresswoman, it is now...
Dr. Richard Krugel, JCRC president, in the Detroit Free Press August 5, 2015:
As Congress undertakes its review of the Iran nuclear agreement, ordinary American citizens should do the same. Instead of sitting on the sidelines as they often do and wait to see where their elected leaders end up, they should become active participants in this process.
That won't be easy. Read full story
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...