Jewish lobby group J Street said Wednesday that it is building support for the Iran nuclear deal through a national campaign. J Street also launched an online petition titled “Tell Congress: Support this deal“.
Many opponents of the deal didn’t even bother to read it before issuing wildly exaggerated statements. Republican presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham said it was a “death sentence for Israel” – but admitted he hadn’t seen the text. Asked how he could be so sure, he said: “Because I have been to the Mideast enough to know.”, claim Jeremy Ben-Ami, in his newsletter.
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“The other 14 declared Republican candidates issued similarly thoughtful statements. And Prime Minister Netanyahu, without a blush, called Monday “one of the darkest days in world history.”
J street supported the idea that Congress should debate and review this agreement — but in our their view, lawmakers should study the agreement, listen to non-partisan experts and then judge the deal on its merits.
Here are the facts J street raise:
- This agreement blocks every Iranian pathway to a nuclear weapon and dismantles a significant portion of Iran’s nuclear program.
- Iran’s nuclear breakout time will go from less than three months to at least a year.
- Iran will be subject to unprecedented international monitoring and inspections.
- If the Iranians try to cheat, international sanctions will snap back.
Bottom line: this deal makes Israel safer, the United States safer and the entire world safer.
According to JNS Well-known Jewish journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, who has gained a large following from his series of exclusive interviews with President Barack Obama on Israel-related issues, tweeted on Tuesday, “If Israel’s elected leader, and the head of the opposition, oppose the Iran deal, can J Street support it and still call itself pro-Israel?” Goldberg’s comments refer to both J Street’s self-identification as the “political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans” and the consensus unfavorable view on the Iran deal among Israeli politicians. In a rare display of cooperation, Israeli Opposition Leader MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he is willing to work with Netanyahu’s governing coalition to thwart the nuclear agreement.