Orthodox Jews are only the first to mobilize against the awful Iran deal
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella group) and the Rabbinical Council of America (the largest national rabbinic membership group) put out a statement today telling their memberships that they are “gravely concerned about the deal announced yesterday between the U.S. and its five negotiating partners and the Iranian regime.” The statement continues:
Given the gravity of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and this complex agreement, we did not—despite our skepticism—formulate a position or issue a policy statement about it immediately after President Obama announced the deal at 7:00 am on Tuesday. Rather, we took the time to read the agreement, hear from senior Obama Administration officials as well as Israeli leaders, and consider the analysis of experts in the field.
Our assessment of the agreement, and of the presentations by government officials and analysts, is driven by one fundamental question: Will the proposed agreement protect the security of the United States, Israel and our other allies?
By this standard, we have found the deal with Iran seriously wanting and will mobilize our member rabbis and synagogues throughout the nation to urge Congress to fulfill their mandate and disapprove the agreement.
This won’t be the only effort, but it is a significant one if for no other reason than geography. These groups have a large and politically active presence in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida, to name a few states. These are key Democratic strongholds where senators and representatives have sought and received support from these voters for years. Oh, and Hillary Clinton has often flashed her support for the state of Israel in seeking votes and support from this community both as a senator and as a presidential candidate. Given their spiritual devotion to the issue, expect them to write letters, show up at town halls and offices, and buttonhole representatives. Look for them also to carry this issue into the 2016 election.
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