791 American Rabbis sign petition against sellout to nuclear-armed Iran
791 (at least count) American rabbis - more than double the number who signed a petition in favor
- have signed a petition against President Obama's sellout to a nuclear-armed Iran
PLEASE SIGN ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ORDAINED RABBI —THANK YOU!
We, the undersigned rabbis, write
as a unified voice across religious denominations to express our
concerns with the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran.
For more than 20 months, our communities
have kept keen eyes on the nuclear negotiations overseas. As our
diplomats from Washington worked tirelessly to reach a peaceful
resolution to the Iranian nuclear challenge—we have hoped, and believed,
that a good deal was possible.
Unfortunately, that hope is not yet realized.
We have weighed the various implications
of supporting—or opposing—this agreement. Together, we are deeply
troubled by the proposed deal, and believe this agreement will harm the
short-term and long-term interests of both the United States and our
allies, particularly Israel.
Collectively, we feel we must do better.
If this agreement is implemented, Iran
will receive as much as 150 billion dollars, without any commitment to
changing its nefarious behavior.
The Iranian regime denies basic human
rights to its citizens, publicly calls for America’s downfall and
Israel’s annihilation, and openly denies the Holocaust. This dangerous
regime—the leading state sponsor of terrorism—could now be given the
financial freedom to sow even more violence throughout the world.
But what do we get in return?
Even after flooding Iran with an influx
of funds, this deal will not subject Iran to an airtight, comprehensive
inspections structure—granting the regime the means to violate the
agreement and develop a covert nuclear program.
The deal would also lift key arms
embargos, so that in eight years Iran will be given international
legitimacy to arm terror groups with conventional weapons and ballistic
The agreement also entitles Iran to
develop advanced centrifuges after 10 years—all-but paving Iran’s path
to a nuclear weapons capability with virtually zero “breakout time.”
We fear the world we will leave our
children if this deal is approved. And we fear having to someday bear
the responsibility for Iran becoming wealthier, further empowered and
better equipped to produce nuclear bombs when we had the chance to stop
For these reasons, we agree with the
assessments of leaders and experts in the United States, along with
virtually all Israeli voices across the political spectrum, that we can,
and must, do better.
We call upon our Senators and
Representatives to consider the dangers that this agreement poses to the
United States and our allies, and to vote in opposition to this deal.
Furthermore, we strongly support and heed
the call to action of many Jewish organizations to express our
collective opposition to this dangerous agreement.
At this historic moment, with so much at
stake, we have a critical responsibility to shape the world we pass on
to our children. With no less than the safety of future generations
hanging in the balance, we must insist on a better deal.
We hope and pray that God will assist us
in ushering in for the entire world a time promised by Isaiah (2:4) when
“nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they
engage in war anymore,” when peace will prevail. Until then, we simply
cannot afford to empower and enrich a regime that continues to lift its
sword without mercy towards so many who stand for good, freedom and
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Labels: American Jews, Barack Hussein Obama, Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, nuclear weapons, rabbis