The Federation’s response to the Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program

PRESS RELEASE – July 21, 2015
   Contact: Denise Osso
   Chief Creative Officer,The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
   6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400
   Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone:   (323) 761-8074
E-mail:   DOsso@JewishLA.org
Date:      July 14, 2015

Los Angeles, CA July 21, 2015 - The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles joins with Jewish communities across the country in urging Congress to oppose the joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program, signed on July 14, 2015.

The proposed agreement with Iran is not a partisan issue; it impacts the security of the United States, the stability of the Middle East, the future of the State of Israel and the safety of every Jewish family and community around the world. This Iran deal threatens the mission of our Federation as we exist to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad and mobilize on issues of concern.

Our Federation wants a diplomatic solution that ends Iran’s nuclear program. We recognize the efforts of the Administration to reach such an agreement. We regret and are gravely concerned that the proposed agreement allows Iran to remain a threshold nuclear state, does not allow for “anytime, anywhere” inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities, and offers immediate rather than gradual sanctions relief without requiring Iran to address the military dimensions of its nuclear program.

The proposed agreement releases Iran from arms embargos in five years and ballistic missile sanctions in eight years. Iran’s past behavior gives us reason to be concerned that these deadly weapons will be shared with terrorists including Hamas and Hezbollah and will hasten the creation of an Iranian hegemony in the Middle East.

As Americans and Jews who yearn for peace and are invested in the future of our children and grandchildren, we must voice our concerns about an agreement that will destabilize a fragile region. We encourage members of our community to raise their voices in opposition to this agreement by contacting their elected representatives to urge them to oppose this deal.

The Jewish Federation supports and sustains the Jewish community and ensures the future we share through our unique, life-changing programs and initiatives and working with partners, we impact hundreds of thousands of lives locally, in Israel and more than 70 countries.  For more information, visit www.JewishLA.org.

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