B’nai B’rith International and ADC call for rejection of the Iran deal

August 12, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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The B’nai Brith International and The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) have concluded that the Iran nuclear agreement is unlikely to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and are urging the U.S Congress to reject the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and to vote to disapprove of the agreement. 

Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith International, and ADC Chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich issued the following statement: “One cannot to look at Iran’s track record and trust the regime to adhere to the terms of this pact.  The JCPOA requires an unprecedented suspension of disbelief that Iran has only peaceful intentions for its nuclear program.

Dvir Abramovich

Dvir Abramovich

Given its decades of dissembling, it is infeasible to conclude that Tehran will honor its obligations under this agreement. To be sure, the P5+1 (the United States plus China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany) worked hard during the long negotiating period to secure a deal. The goal of preventing an Iran with nuclear weapons is one shared by much of the world. But this deal is unlikely to fulfill that ambition. our reading of the agreement and our understanding of the political and historical context in which the JCPOA would be implemented have heavily influenced our decision to oppose it.  Even in the days leading up to the agreement, on “al-Quds Day,” government supported crowds shouted, “death to America” and “death to Israel,” as U.S. and Israeli flags were burned across the country. These are not the actions of a nation ready to find common ground with the world’s democracies.

Our concerns about the lifting of sanctions also have not been adequately resolved. Iran is the largest state-sponsor of global terror with its proxies such as Hezbollah the world over. Tehran is likely to use the cash that will flow from the absence of sanctions to fund the regime’s ongoing terrorist ambitions. The spectre of “snap back sanctions” provides little comfort, as measures that took the international community years to coalesce around are unlikely to be rejuvenated once they have been dismantled. Nor are our questions about the verification process satisfied by the JCPOA. Verification remained a sticking point throughout the labored negotiating process and, in the final document, is still not addressed to our comfort. In light of the deal’s significant verification loopholes and Iran’s history of concealing its nuclear program and turning away inspectors, it is logical to conclude that inspectors will never obtain the unmanaged, unfettered or spontaneous access necessary to monitor Iran’s nuclear sites.

There is no middle ground here. Iran’s credibility is illusory. The stakes are far too high to ignore Tehran’s history of deception by accepting this deal.At no point during the nearly two years of negotiations has Iran lessened its support for terrorist organizations, its goals of hegemony in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East or its continued abuse of human rights. Just days after the deal was announced, Iran again invoked its practice of deception. News reports indicate that Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the secretive, terror-orchestrating Iranian Quds Force, met with senior Russian leaders in Moscow, even though he was barred from leaving Iran by a U.N. Security Council resolution. The Quds Force reports directly to Iran’s supreme leader and has exported terror throughout the Middle East and beyond. These are not the actions of a regime capable of demonstrating the transparency and cooperation required of it by the terms of this deal.

We firmly reject the notion that the only alternative to this agreement is war. We have long advocated that the best means of ensuring Iran’s compliance with international demands is pressure—in the form of ever-tightening sanctions, combined with diplomatic isolation and the credible threat of military force. The international community should respond to Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons by increasing, rather than relieving, pressure on the regime until it has produced meaningful results.”


One Response to “B’nai B’rith International and ADC call for rejection of the Iran deal”
  1. JEROME GELB says:

    It has now been revealed that secret U.S. Diplomatic efforts to reset the hostile U.S/Iran relationship began prior to the Iranian election of Rouhani. It’s certain that had the American public known about this entirely extra-congressional activity, the Obama administration would have drawn widespread condemnation. In the years of secrecy, promises were made, concessions given, plans advanced and the world was none the wiser. Then two years of “hard negotiations”, conducted without any public reference to the secret understandings that we’re now supposed to believe produced nothing but a willingness to negotiate further. I smell a giant rat! With Obama’s closest advisor being Iranian & John Kerry gaining an Iranian family as in-laws, the administration clearly has a very problematic conflict of interest. Israel’s been thrown under the bus, forced to watch Iran produce slick simulations of a nuclear attack on Israel & the destruction of a mock U.S. Aircraft Carrier by fast boats & missiles. I simply don’t believe Obama or Kerry at all. This deal is so disadvantageous to all parties other than Iran, yet the P5+1 appear to be passively accepting the assurances of a rogue nation, a member of the “axis of evil”. It doesn’t make sense to betray Israel, to equate critics with Iranian hardliners or to worry about whether or not Ayatollah Kahmeini is “screwed over” or not. So why the desperation for any deal? Legacy? I don’t think so. New World Order- minus Israel? Sounds plausible to me!!!

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