From the Louisville Jewish Community Relations Council:
In light of the agreement on nuclear proliferation reached between Iran and the P5+1, the Jewish Community of Louisville remains hopeful that this agreement will halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions in its tracks, and that Iran’s dream of acquiring a nuclear weapon will remain prohibitively out of reach.
We are wary, however, of a deal struck with a regime that is a serial violator of human rights, supports terrorist regimes and groups around the world, has called for the destruction of the state of Israel, and has consistently deceived International nuclear inspectors regarding the true nature of its militarized nuclear program. We are further concerned that once sanctions are lifted and Iran reintegrates economically with the rest of the world, their growing economic clout will further their various activities that destabilize the Middle East and the rest of the world.
We call on our Kentucky congressional delegation to analyze this agreement in great detail and provide guidance to our President consistent with what is in the best interest of peace and security for the region and the world. We are also counting on world powers to be vigorous and detailed in their inspections, and that any violations on the part of the Iranians will be immediately reported and sanctions reinstituted.
From the Jewish Federations of North America:
Jewish Federations can be found in nearly every city in North America, and our leaders are among the most committed philanthropists in their communities. In just three generations, Jewish Federations across North America forged one of the top 10 philanthropic networks on the continent, helped rescue millions of Jewish refugees from across the globe, helped to build the State of Israel and continue to touch more Jewish lives than any system in the world.
That is why we feel it is so important to speak out on today’s agreement with Iran.
We are hopeful that diplomatic efforts will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and we appreciate the hard work President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and Under Secretary of State Sherman have put into crafting this agreement.
At the same time, we are concerned. Iran’s support for Hezbollah and Hamas, its human rights violations and its aggressive threats toward neighboring countries—including Israel—make the specter of a nuclear-armed Iran untenable.
President Obama and his administration have repeatedly said that any deal with Iran must shut down Iran’s uranium enrichment pathway to a weapon, cut off all four of Iran’s potential pathways to a bomb, and track Iran’s nuclear activities with unprecedented transparency and robust inspections throughout its nuclear supply chain. We agree.
We urge Congress to give this accord its utmost scrutiny.
For updates visit http://jewishfederations.org/update-iran-nuclear-agreement