Analysts present positions on Iran nuclear agreement
by Ceren Maeir - July 23, 2015
What does the recently released nuclear agreement with Iran (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) bode for Israel, America and the American Jewish community?
Some 100 delegates of JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council and other community members gathered at JUF on July 20 to hear three different perspectives. Speakers included Ambassador Dennis Ross, fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former special assistant to President Obama; Jon Wolfsthal, senior director for Nonproliferation for the National Security Council; and Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.
Keep the end goal in sight: Iran never getting a nuclear bomb
July 14, 2015
The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago today released the following statement regarding the announcement of an agreement between the P5 + 1 - the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Russia - and Iran on Iran's nuclear program:
The threat of the Islamic Republic of Iran ever obtaining nuclear weapons is a matter of the gravest concern to our community and the world. The effort to reach an accord between the P5 + 1 countries and Iran reflects that concern and the goal of all peace-loving peoples: preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
That objective has informed our advocacy efforts for the past two decades. In 2007, JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) unanimously passed its Action Plan to Combat the Threats Posed by Iran , aimed at educating and mobilizing both the Jewish and broader community. Such efforts led to the successful passage of Iran divestment actions by the State of Illinois , Cook County and the City of Chicago , as well as other actions.
Diplomacy strengthened by sanctions, rather than war, remains our strong preference and the wisest course.
**Read the full text of the Iran agreement, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Statements from U.S. officials
- President Barack Obama statement on the Iran agreement, July 14, 2015
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Iran agreement. July 15, 2015
- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on the Iran agreement. July 14, 2015
- House Speaker John Boehner on the Iran agreement. July 14, 2015
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the Iran agreement. July 16, 2016 (The Hill.com)
Statements from Israeli officials
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu statement on the Iran agreement, July 14, 2015 (The Times of Israel).
- Israeli Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, Chair of the Zionist Union party, on the Iran agreement. July 14, 2015
Statements from elected officials representing Illinois
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Support the Iran Agreement
- Sen. Dick Durbin (IL)
- Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11)
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-4)
- Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2)
- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)
Opposed to the Iran Agreement
- Sen. Mark Kirk (IL)
- Rep. Bob Dold (IL-10)
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
- Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-6)
- Rep. John Shimkus (IL-15)
Statements from Jewish organizations
- Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)
- Jewish Federations of North America
- The Jewish Policy Center
- Partners for Progressive Israel
- The Israel Project
Analysis of Iran nuclear agreement
- Why Israelis strongly oppose the Iran deal by Ofer Bavly, Director of JUF's Israel Office (JUF News)
- Analysis from the Center for American Progress
- Public statement on U.S. policy toward the Iran nuclear negotiations. June 24, 2015 (The Washington Institute)
Positions on Iran nuclear agreement
- John Kerry and Ernest Moniz: The case for the nuclear deal with Iran. July 22, 2015 (The Washington Post)
Oppose the Iran Agreement
- Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer: The four major problems with the Iran deal. July 14, 2015 (The Washington Post)
- The Iran deal and the rut of history. July 27, 2015 (The Atlantic)
- Why war isn't inevitable if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal. July 24, 2015 (The Wall Street Journal)
- The Iran deal and the Hubris of uncertainty. July 24, 2015 (JTA.org)
- Dennis Ross: Iran deal leaves U.S. with tough questions. July 14, 2015 (The Washington Post)