Statement on the Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement

July 26, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

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 of the Jewish people, the Federation rarely takes a public stance on questions of international diplomacy. This is not a matter of partisan politics, however, but a defining moment for us as Americans, as Jews, and as people who love and support Israel.

Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit joins with the many voices throughout the United States and Israel in expressing its deep concern for the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran.

President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the many other leaders involved in this agreement have worked diligently with the intention of providing an effective framework for peace and security in the Middle East. We recognize and fully support their goal of a lasting diplomatic solution.

We are deeply concerned, however, that the terms of the deal fall short of their goal of establishing security in the region, specifically regarding the objective of curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons program and its active agenda of state-sponsored terrorism. The proposed agreement:

  • Fails to provide adequate oversight and enforcement. It does not provide for “anytime, anywhere” inspections and could require a 24-day approval process, giving Iran time to remove evidence of violations.
  • Strengthens the Iranian regime and its support of terrorism. It frees up billions of dollars and offers nearly immediate sanctions relief, allowing Iran to bolster its support for Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist organizations, while making the imposition of new sanctions almost impossible.
  • Legitimizes Iran as a nuclear threshold state and raises the prospect of war. The deal leaves the majority of Iran’s extensive nuclear infrastructure intact, and allows virtually instant “breakout time” after 15 years. With this as a catalyst, the agreement would spur a nuclear arms race in the region.

The Iranian government is a hostile and dangerous regime with an openly stated agenda to destroy Israel. Grave concerns about the deal are shared by the vast majority of Israelis as well as leadership from across the Israeli political spectrum. It is our responsibility as American Jews to remind the world of the vulnerability—and increasingly isolated position—of the Israeli people in the face of this existential threat.

Our desire to see lasting peace and security in the Middle East compels us to call on our community to reach out to our elected representatives in the House and Senate to express our deep concern, and to ask that they vote against this deal until further efforts produce a stronger long-term agreement with the conditions necessary to permanently eliminate the risk of a nuclear Iran.

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