440 Rabbis Now Urge Congress to Support Iran Nuclear Deal


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On August, 17th 340 rabbis urged Congress to approve Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In their letter to Congress, these rabbis objected to the notion that all Jews oppose the agreement. They were joined by 51 Christian faith leaders, who smacked down Republicans by supporting Obama on Iran.

And yes, hundreds of rabbis say they will march to Washington to show their opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal, but those 340 rabbis who have come out in support of it have now become 440.

In their letter to Congress they write,

As rabbis, we support the agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia, and Iran- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We encourage the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to endorse this agreement.

The Obama administration has successfully brought together the major international powers to confront Iran over its nuclear ambitions. The broad international sanctions moved Iran to enter this historic agreement. Should this agreement be rejected by the U.S. congress, those sanctions will end. There will be no new negotiations, as the other member countries are fully in favor of this agreement and have no desire to re-negotiate.

We understand that while this agreement blocks Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb, we recognize it does not deal with Iran’s support for terror, but that was never the purpose of these talks. Now that a nuclear agreement has been reached, we call on the United States and its international partners to strengthen their resolve and dedicate additional resources to confront Iranian threats to Israel and other states.

Most especially, we are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement. We, along with many other Jewish leaders, fully support this historic nuclear accord.

What do Republicans offer in advance? The people who brought you the Iraq War. Yes, the same gang who lobbied for an illegal invasion of a nation that had offered no provocation, a nation that had no weapons of mass destruction, a nation that was, in fact, itself opposed to Al Qaeda, our declared enemy.


In a recent speech at American University, Obama called it a “mindset”:

We had to end the mindset that got us there in the first place. It was a mindset characterized by a preference for military action over diplomacy; a mindset that put a premium on unilateral US action over the painstaking work of building international consensus; a mindset that exaggerated threats beyond what the intelligence supported. Leaders did not level with the American people about the costs of war, insisting that we could easily impose our will on a part of the world with a profoundly different culture and history. And, of course, those calling for war labeled themselves strong and decisive, while dismissing those who disagreed as weak—even appeasers of a malevolent adversary.


Apparently, among a great many people, that mindset no longer holds sway. It is no fluke that Obama routed Republicans in the court of public opinion as polls show 55% want the Iran Deal approved. In fact, The Washington Post reported as far back as March that the American people preferred diplomacy to war: “By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions.”

And it is not just the public. We saw the “Statement by National Security Leaders on the Announcement of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” signed by 60 national security leaders, from cabinet members to senators.

This was followed by, more than 70 nuclear nonproliferation experts announcing support for the Iran Nuclear Deal. All conservatives had in response was mocking the idea of non-proliferation experts like they mock environmental experts. In other words, they had nothing but their usual ad hominem attacks, which is what you use when you have no facts on your side.

A former Bush National Security Adviser backed Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal: Brent Snowcroft said rejecting the Iran deal “is an abdication of America’s unique role and responsibility.” Even the former head of Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, Efraim Halevy came out in support of the deal.

Current Democratic leaders also spoke up in support, from Harry Reid to Bernie Sanders to Al Franken and others, and that support turned into a consensus.

Finally, we saw the long-looked-for headline:

Senate Democrats Crush GOP War March By Delivering Iran Deal Victory To Obama.

The support of those 440 rabbis is more than symbolic. They are evidence of a widespread rejection of the Republican way of doing business.

Republicans never had anything to offer as an alternative but war. The chickenhawks have their mindset, but they are among a diminishing number that do.

The world has spoken, President Obama has spoken, Democratic leaders have spoken, national security and nuclear non-proliferation experts have spoken, religious leaders both Christian and Jewish have spoken, and the American people have spoken with them: there will be no war.

The consequences of this consensus for the party that is running nearly every one of its candidates on a pro-war, Neocon, chickenhawk platform, scarce need be mentioned. Obama’s victory is not only a repudiation of war, it is a repudiation of one of the pillars of the Republican Party’s hopes for 2016.

22 Replies to “440 Rabbis Now Urge Congress to Support Iran Nuclear Deal”

  1. I don’t want to just end the war, but I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place.” That was Senator Barack Obama, speaking about Iraq in a 2008 primary debate.

    Game set and match. Thank you President Obama.

  2. The Rabbi’s in opposition are primarily Orthodox and make up about 10% of Jews in the US. This minority can disagree, deny, discredit all they want but, the majority of Jews do not follow radical fundamentalist orthodoxy, nor sympathize.

  3. So how are the Republicans, and especially traitor Tom Cotton, going to spin this story? Only the Republicans, Tom Cotton and Dick Cheney DO NOT want to prevent an Iranian nuclear war. Could it be because they are the only ones who will make money from a war on Day One while their asses and those of their children stay safely at home in their Panic Rooms?

  4. Republicans lose another BIG ONE.

    They are all for WAR not Peace.

    They don’t Agree with the Deal, because Bibi (Let’s bomb Iran now) Netanyahu told them not to.

    Tom (Let’s nuke them) Cotton and his band of 47 blind brothers fell flat on their faces.

  5. …Tehran Tom has been a good Politi-Whore o’ the Koch Bros. Throw him outta THIS job and let him go work for the Kochs, as he ain’t doin’ the job for us…
    {Can we give him a bad reference???}

  6. Anything that opens discussion with Iran is a good thing. I’ve got friends that tell me this is Obama seling us out to Islam, as was his intent all along. This deal may not be lived up to and may be disalowed by the new administration on either side but it is a start. We hated Germany, Japan and China some time ago but nagotiations, time and earnest effort has seen an end to all that. On that basis alone, this is a good deal.

  7. wake me when Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder and Associate Dean of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO, Simon Wiesenthal Center, sign this… otherwise, these so called Rabbi’s are bogus!

  8. And by the definition imposed by conservative pundits and POTUS wannabes, every single one of those rabbis must be a card-carrying anti-Semite.

  9. “440 Rabbis Now Urge Congress to Support Iran Nuclear Deal”
    We need to come up with another 226 Rabbis, and then watch the fun…

  10. Why is there even any discussion of religion being entertained in this issue? This is a foreign policy issue of the United States. It is not the business of religion.

  11. Throw him out of the COUNTRY. Let him move to Israel; I’m sure they’d welcome him with open arms (not!). Who wants a traitor/whore?

  12. We have lots of tools to deal with the republicans.

    1) Logan Act
    2) Un-American Activities
    3) Voter backlash

    The US is not puppets of the Zionists. The ‘No’ vote shows exactly who needs to be flushed. The democracy is under threat.

  13. What is wrong with the people who oppose the Iran deal is they don’t seem to either realize or care that the enforcement action against Iran (global trade and currency sanctions) was possible only because allies cooperated and they have publicly stated they will drop sanctions entirely and without conditions if the USA turns down the multination deal.

    They also fail to recognize sanctions were imposed only because Iran is a signatory of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, the enforcement agency for which is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and under that treaty Iran can never be denied the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, such as nuclear power and medical isotopes. If Iran wanted an atomic bomb it could have at any time kicked out the IAEA after giving it 30 days notice it was leaving the treaty.

    Finally, the UN Security Council has already approved the deal, which makes it binding on member nations. All this stuff on resolution of disapproval has been politica…

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