Reform Jewish movement declines to take a stance on Iran nuclear deal

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform Jewish movement. Photo courtesy of Union for Reform Judaism

Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform Jewish movement. Photo courtesy of Union for Reform Judaism

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(RNS) In the Jewish community, the intense debate over the Iran deal has been especially divisive and has raised tensions between the U.S. and Israel.

  • Jack

    Actually, AIPAC is far from the lone Jewish organization against the deal….nor are Orthodox Jews the only opponents. The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee oppose it as well. I’m sure there’s a long list of other organizations that have done likewise. And then there’s Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress.

    What happened in Reform probably went something like this:

    There were passionate supporters of the deal and passionate opponents, equally strong….with the man at the top of the organization, Rabbi Jacobs, being the perfect embodiment of the split result, given his less-than-decisive nature.

  • Jeff

    I may be a little late. But I just heard that Senator Gillibrand was going to vote for the Nuclear Deal. Please call or write to the Senator regardless of your opinion…But, I vote for “no”.

    The latest news that Iran will be allowed to inspect themselves using video and soil samples provided by them, adds insult to injury….and that does not even count the 24 day notice that Iran will get to delay inspections from outsiders and the $150 Billion they will receive to fuel terror.

    In an effort to avoid a “set up” for WW3, please write or call the senator’s office and tell her to vote AGAINST the bad Nuclear Deal.

    And NO, war is not the alternative to this bad deal, as the President says. Nothing is an either or situation.

    http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/

  • Jack

    Well, one way to stop it is for the top Jewish political campaign bundlers to go to the Democratic National Committee and say that they will cease any and all fundraising efforts for any Democratic candidate for any political office in 2016 unless this deal is stopped.

    That would turn around Gillibrand and the rest.

    I don’t expect them to do it, but make no mistake: Their failure to do it should be duly noted by supporters of Israel, and by Israel itself.

  • Byron

    And why should this deal be stopped, Jack? Why do you want to oppose a deal that’s been worked for years and finally shows how the United States can take a leadership role in diplomatic initiatives instead of alway intervening militarily?

    Shame on you for opposing this deal and embarrassing the United States and President Obama. Gillibrand is right in supporting this deal and every Jew SHOULD SUPPORT this deal with Iran.