August 5, 2015
The Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ urges our Congressional delegation to oppose the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran Nuclear Agreement as it stands. We take this action because we believe it is in the best interest of the United States and Israel’s security.
For the past nine years Federation has advocated for measures to end Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapons program and to ensure the safety and security of Israel and the world. We believe that this Agreement does not meet these criteria. This Agreement merely delays Iran’s nuclear military capacity, provides billions of dollars without measures to ensure that these funds are not used for terrorism, and allows for Iran’s continued purchase and development of conventional weapons and ballistic missiles. We must ensure that Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, does not have access to nuclear weapons now or in the future.
It is incumbent upon us as Americans, as Jews, and as people who love both Israel and the United States to take a public stance at this historic moment. The Board believes that the U.S. government has the power to strengthen a number of components surrounding the Agreement. The issues that need improvement include: Iran must not become a nuclear threshold in 15 years or ever; the infusion of cash from sanctions relief must not fund an increase in terrorist activities; the United States must participate in inspections; penalties must be in place for small and medium infractions of the agreement; and there must be credible deterrence capabilities.
We recognize the very hard work that the President, the Secretary of State, and members of the P5 + 1 committee have put into negotiating with Iran. We have grappled very seriously with the arguments for and against this Agreement and wanted nothing more than to support this effort. We share the goal of achieving a negotiated peaceful solution and do not believe that opposing the current agreement is tantamount to a call for war.
Our community is united around ensuring a safe and secure Israel. We understand that all of us who love Israel and yearn for peace in the Greater MetroWest Jewish community have different ideas on how to achieve our shared goal. We respect the right of everyone to his or her own view; we are a broad and diverse community. We request that the civil discourse and thoughtful conversation we have seen so far in our community continues.
At Passover we read that, in every generation, an oppressor rises up to destroy the Jewish people. The Ayatollah and the government of Iran have been very clear about their desire to destroy the United States, Israel, and the Jewish people. They have invested billions of dollars in terrorism around the world, in building missiles and a vast nuclear infrastructure, and in funding proxies who have thousands of weapons pointed at Israel.
More than 75 years ago, the American Jewish community could not speak out effectively to our political leaders when our brothers and sisters in Europe were being exterminated. Today, we are strong. Today, there is a Jewish State and it is the basis of an enduring bond between and among the Jewish people. Today, we are speaking up for the safety and security of the United States and Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East.
This statement was recently approved by an overwhelming majority of the nonpartisan Board of Trustees of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the members of which reflect the diversity of the Greater MetroWest Jewish community.
The Community Relations Committee will continue to keep the community educated and informed on the Iran Nuclear Agreement on our Iran Agreement Resource page.