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July 15, 2015 | 28 Tammuz, 5775

Focus on Iran Nuclear Issue 

Dear Greetings!,

The Iran deal is now a reality. This JCRC Eupdate brings a range of response, as well as initial analyses on this complex and critically important issue. Should your organization wish a speaker on the subject, please contact the JCRC Speakers Bureau at: 314 442-3871

St. Louis JCRC Statement:

JCRC focused on ultimate goal: Iran must not have nuclear weapons

The threat of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons is a matter of the gravest concern and utmost urgency to the entire world. The St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council believes that it is critical that the world stay focused on the ultimate goal: preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program, announced today, will be subject to intense scrutiny and debate in the days to come. This provides a critical period to examine the agreement and ensure that it has the necessary rigorous inspection and compliance components, before final approval and implementation.

We are hopeful that diplomatic efforts will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. We recognize the hard work that President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and Under Secretary of State Sherman and their team have put into crafting this agreement.

However, Iran is not a country that is deserving of our trust. It has continually violated the human rights of its people, funded terrorist organizations, threatened annihilation of Israel, worked to destabilize neighboring countries in the region and supported Holocaust denial. Therefore, it is understandable why a broad cross section of the Israeli public and its leadership – as well as many in this country – remain deeply concerned about the agreement.

The United States, the European Union, the United Nations – particularly the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – and the broader community of nations must each work to provide the necessary resources, structures, and capabilities that are required to ensure Iran’s full compliance with an agreement. The diplomatic and economic pressures applied by these bodies in coalition were successful in bringing Iran to the table to negotiate. The same concerted effort must be used to ensure that Iran will never be allowed to possess nuclear weapons.

Barry Rosenberg, JCRC Israel Chair
Bob Millstone, JCRC President
Batya Abramson-Goldstein, JCRC Executive Director

Jewish Federations of North America

“President Obama and his administration have repeatedly said that any deal with Iran must shut down Iran's uranium enrichment pathway to a weapon, cut off all four of Iran's potential pathways to a bomb, and track Iran's nuclear activities with unprecedented transparency and robust inspections throughout its nuclear supply chain. We agree. We urge Congress to give this accord its utmost scrutiny.” Read more

Statement by President Obama

Full statement by PM Netanyahu


“Congress and the American people now move to debate a national security
matter of utmost significance and seriousness. We urge an open and respectful consideration that rejects partisan or ad hominem attacks on the intent or the character of proponents on either side of the issues.”


“AIPAC has consistently supported diplomatic efforts to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, and we appreciate the administration’s efforts and hard work over the course of the negotiations. We also recognize the critical role that Congress will now play in approving or disapproving the proposed agreement.

During these negotiations, we outlined five critical requirements for a good deal.
We are deeply concerned based on initial reports that this proposed agreement
may not meet these requirements, and thereby would fail to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon and would further entrench and empower the leading state
sponsor of terror.”
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"Given the immensely high-stakes nature of the agreement, its layers of
complexity, the many probing questions that have been asked about it by
 experts in the field, including what happens to Iran's nuclear program upon
 the expiration of the deal, and the dangerous nature of the regime, it is now incumbent on the United States Congress, pursuant to the provisions of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, to thoroughly review, debate, and,
ultimately, vote it up or down," … "That process should be driven by one central question: Will the deal enhance the security of the United States, our allies in the Middle East, and the world? If so, then it should be supported. If not, then it
must be opposed. This may be the single most important foreign policy issue
of our generation to come before legislators in Washington. As a nation,
 we absolutely must get it right. This agreement ought to be weighed on its
merits only - nothing more, nothing less." See more at:


“Of course, the agreement is not perfect. This was a complex and tough negotiation with give and take on both sides. The question to ask is not whether this is a perfect deal, but rather, whether it accomplishes the international community’s most critical goals, namely preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and providing clear information and sufficient warning time should the Iranians try to cheat. We believe the answer to both of these questions is a clear yes.” Read more:

Analysis from the Washington Institute

Keeping Iran's Feet to the Fire David Makovsky and Matthew Levitt

David Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and director of the Program on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute. Matthew Levitt is the Institute's Fromer-Wexler Fellow and director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

Foreign Policy July 14, 2015

While the nuclear issue and Iran's support of terrorism are ostensibly distinct, they are in fact implicitly linked. On the one hand, U.S. officials have made clear that the deal is focused squarely on nuclear issues and is not part of a grand bargain to modify destabilizing Iranian behavior in the Middle East. But at the core of the nuclear negotiations is major sanctions relief for Tehran, w
hich will provide it with sufficient resources to dramatically expand its destabilizing role in the region.

Iran deal leaves US with tough questions

Dennis Ross a counselor and fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was a special assistant to President Obama from 2009 to 2011.

Washington Post, July 14, 2015

“The deal with Iran is finally done. Given the stakes, it should be scrutinized. It makes sense to reserve judgment and see how the administration explains all the clauses of the agreement and how they will be implemented.

While I look forward to the administration’s full explanation of the deal and its annexes, a number of observations are possible now. First, the outcome appears largely consistent with the framework agreement announced April 2
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By James F. Jeffrey
The Hill July 14, 2015

The Iran nuclear agreement leaves open more questions than it answers. It clearly is a diplomatic coup for the Obama administration, and enjoys significant international support. But it is far less clear whether this agreement will enhance regional security or even the degree to which it constrains development of dual-use nuclear capabilities. These concerns have plagued the entire negotiating track, with numerous voices pushing for a tougher Western stance vis-a-vis Iran. But now with an agreement, the issue of what it will be is resolved. What is now important is to decide what to do with it. It will take time and analysis to understand completely the agreement's specifics, but the following is a guide to possible next steps. James Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute Read more:

What's Really Wrong with the Iran Nuclear Deal
Robert Satloff
New York Daily News July 14, 2015
Executive Director, Washington Institute

“Tactically, the impressively detailed Iran nuclear accord masks major flaws; strategically, it heralds a profound shift in U.S, regional strategy” Read more:

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