EXCLUSIVE: 340 US rabbis: ‘We support this historic nuclear accord’ (COMMENTARY)

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Left to right, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk while waiting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (not pictured) for a group picture at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday (July 14, 2015). Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on July 14, 2015, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender". Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Left to right, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk while waiting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (not pictured) for a group picture at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday (July 14, 2015). Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on July 14, 2015, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender". Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-REACTION-IRAN, originally transmitted on July 14, 2015, and with RNS-IRAN-JEWS on August 13, 2015.

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(RNS) We, along with many other Jewish leaders, support this historic nuclear accord by the world’s most powerful nations and believe it is our best hope of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

  • John

    This does not change two things:
    1. it only kicks the can down the road and defers taking responsibility now. Iran will have a nuclear weapon soon, in fifteen years.
    2. Iran will be funded to the degree that its ability to exercise influence and terror over the region will increase significantly.

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  • Larry

    1. Iran was never that close to a nuclear weapon. Their constant boasting of uranium enrichment capacity was a glorified bluff. Nations serious about developing nuclear weapons could do so with a lot more secrecy than Iran was doing. Libya was far closer to one than Iran and nobody knew until Qaddafy decided to try to play nice with the world.

    This whole situation was Iran’s way to engage in nuclear blackmail (ala North Korea) on the cheap. Without having to spend the money and resources to come close to actually building one.

    2. Normal trade with Iran by the rest of the world was already doing that. Scary thing is, as of now Iran is the only country which has committed real military and financial aid in fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

  • Paul Mojzes

    As a Christian and a minister I support these rabbis and agree fully with their line of reasoning. Paul Mojzes, Ph.D., D.D,

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  • MarkE

    I find it hard to swallow our demands that Iran (and other technologically developed nations) forswear their nuclear ambitions when we (US, Russia, Great Britain, France, China, etc.) have made little to no concessions of our own on reducing/eliminating these weapons of mass destruction. Kind of hypocritical, don’t you think?

  • Larry

    Except most of the major nuclear powers have been slowly disarming and reducing their nuclear arsenals for the last 20 some odd years. Everyone seems to be scaling back except for nations looking to stir up international incidents.

  • Jack

    What’s true in the United States in general is true of the American Jewish community in particular:

    Most of the support for the treaty comes from the far left side of the spectrum (along with a few State Department types), with moderates and conservatives (and other sane people who are apolitical) opposing it.

    These are the kinds of people who torn between their non-Jewish socialist comrades (who at best couldn’t care less about Israel) and their own residual feelings for Israel.

    The problem for Jews on the hard left is that the old leftist love of Israel has been dead and buried for nearly four decades and so they feel caught between a rock and a hard place. Their solution is to be as minimalist as possible in their support of Israel so they won’t offend their ideological comrades too much.