President Obama

Exclusive interview conducted for the Jewish Federations of North America Aug. 28, 2015.

Political realities

American Enterprise Institute's John Bolton on what lies ahead for Congress.
(August 5, 2015)

Fall from grace

ABC News presents a brief history of U.S.-Iran relations since the 1950s.
(June 2015)

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Federation viewers Aug. 4, 2015.

Ayn Rand Institute

Elan Journo discusses the Iran agreement and negotiation with the Iranian regime.
(July 28, 2015)

Senate hearing

Foreign Relations Committee questions administration officials (4 hours).
(July 23, 2015)

Dr. Robert Satloff

leading Middle East expert Dr. Robert Satloff addresses Federation viewers July 23, 2015.

President Obama

President delivers
address on Iran deal at American University.
(August 5, 2015)

Hudson Institute

80-minute discussion on whether the deal will prevent an Iranian nuclear breakout.
(July 28, 2015)

Ernest Moniz

U.S. Energy Secretary addresses Federation viewers Aug. 13, 2015.

Ehud Barak

Former Israeli PM talks to CBS about his concerns over the Iran nuclear deal.
(July 14, 2015)

Putin's view

Russian leader discusses Iran, Israel and nuclear development.
(January 2015)

JFNA statement on Iran Deal (9/16)

While the vote on the Iran agreement is likely behind us, the long-term challenge of preventing a nuclear Iran isn’t. America and our allies need to closely monitor Iran’s compliance of the accord and be prepared to act quickly and decisively against any Iranian violations.

 

This agreement adds a new variable to an already unstable and unpredictable Middle East. A strong U.S.-Israel relationship is more important than ever to both nations as we confront these challenges. Strengthening the spirit of the relationship, deepening strategic cooperation and supporting Israel as it reexamines its defense needs in light of the agreement are important next steps.

 

While the last several months have seen divisions over the Iran issue, we also must remember one thing on which the Administration, Congress, the Jewish community and indeed the American people all agree: Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon.

 

- The Jewish Federations of North America


 

  • JFGO Community Forum

    JFGO's Aug. 24 Community Forum on the P5+1 Iran nuclear agreement brought more than 100 members of our community together for a two-hour in-depth discussion featuring U.S. Rep Alan Grayson and the Atlantic Counci's Matthew Kroenig.

    The discussion, which covered both technical details of the agreement and some of the ramifications surrounding its approval or rejection by Congress, was moderated by Lauren Rowe.

Noteworthy

 

We had a tremendous response to the July 23 Federation webcast featuring Dr. Robert Satloff. In fact, Orlando's audience for the webcast was one of the largest in the nation, behind only New York City, Chicago and the District of Columbia. It is heartening to see so many in the Greater Orlando Jewish Community actively engaged in the discussion over such an important issue. If you missed Dr. Satloff's insightful presentation -- or any of the other Federation-sponsored webcasts -- you can watch them in the links at the top of this page.


 

JFGO Statement on Iran Deal

 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando recognizes the strenuous diplomatic efforts by the United States and its fellow members of the P5+1 to address the challenge of a nuclear-armed Iran. We reiterate our support of a diplomatic process to find a peaceful resolution to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

 

Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism. We remain deeply concerned about the threats posed by a nuclear-armed Iran to Israel, the United States and the global community, particularly in light of Iran's admitted track record of violating U.N. resolutions on its nuclear development program and thwarting international inspections.

 

The agreement at hand appears to give Iran the ability to be a nuclear threshold state at the end of the agreement’s term. It leaves in place an enrichment capability and other critical components of Iran's nuclear industrial infrastructure; provides no authorization for "anytime, anywhere" inspections across the nuclear materials development cycle; and includes no provisions addressing Iran's ballistic missile program.


 

What You Can Do

 

Congress has  60 days to approve this agreement. We urge Congress to fulfill its duty and look critically at all aspects and potential consequences of this deal before approving it. Congress must require the administration to justify the agreement in detail.

 

On the right-hand side of this page, we have provided a link you can use to look up and contact your representatives in Congress. Additionally, we have provided links to resources and news updates, as well as a cross-section of opinion and analysis pieces under "Viewpoints."


 

Statements from other Jewish organizations
(Compiled by Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington)

  1.  AIPAC - “Unfortunately, this proposed agreement fails to halt Iran’s nuclear quest. Instead, it would facilitate rather than prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and would further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror."
  2. AJC - "AJC remains deeply concerned about (i) Iran's ICBM program, which cannot be explained except for ominous military purposes; (ii) its repeated calls, including in recent days, for the annihilation of Israel and "death to America;" (iii) its direct involvement in terrorism and support for terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah; (iv) its hegemonic ambitions in the region, from Lebanon to Syria, from Iraq to Yemen; and (v) its systematic repression of human rights, as amply documented in the most recent State Department report on human rights around the world.
  3. Ameinu - "President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and the other international partners have shown great tenacity and perseverance in the negotiations and have created a detailed plan to limit Iran’s nuclear program, prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and focus on the crucial issue of verification,” declared Kenneth Bob, Ameinu’s president.
  4. Americans for Peace Now - "This is a good deal. It is grounded not on trust and goodwill but on far-reaching limitations on Iranian activities and intrusive verification mechanisms. Implementation of this agreement –key elements of which will continue in force for decades – will make Israel, the region and the world more secure."
  5. Anti-Defamation League (ADL) - “The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed serious concern about shortcomings in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action announced by President Obama saying the agreement appears to “fall far short” of assuring that Iran will not become a nuclear weapon state.”
  6. Birmingham Jewish Federation "we are worried about the agreement, fearful of what many experts see as its flaws and loopholes, and are mistrustful of the anti-American, anti-Jewish Iranian regime."
  7. Charleston Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council's Statement on Iran -"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."
  8. Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston - We share the goal of achieving a negotiated, peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear activities and we support the efforts of the United States and its allies to arrive at a diplomatic solution and we are grateful for their efforts. But the proposed agreement, as it currently stands, only delays critical aspects of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, thus acknowledging or even affirming Iran’s place as a threshold nuclear state."
  9. Greater Miami Jewish Federation and JCRC of Miami - "Painful lessons of history have taught the Jewish people that reliance upon the good will of others for our well-being is not a plan. This agreement, the success of which is dependent on willing Iranian cooperation, puts Israel and others in harm’s way against a sworn and evil enemy in the world’s most volatile region. Therefore, the details truly matter."
  10. Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) - “We have cause to be wary. Iran has continually violated the human rights of its people, funded terrorist organizations, threatened annihilation of Israel, worked to destabilize neighboring countries in the region, supported Holocaust denial, and created a covert nuclear weapons program. It is not a country that has earned our trust.”
  11. The JCRC of Boston - “The possibility that the world’s leading exporter of terrorism could pose an existential threat to its neighbors is a scenario too grave to ignore… we have good reason to be concerned that today’s agreement may not be good enough.”
  12. Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati - "While Iran has done little to deserve our trust, we have been supportive of a diplomatic solution, and appreciate Secretary Kerry’s tireless efforts to negotiate." 
  13. The JCRC of New York -“With Iran’s history of acrimony, deceit and terror, it is difficult for us to have confidence that this deal will prevent a nuclear Iran.”
  14. Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (JCF) - “The agreement has raised cautious hope as well as deep concern. Any Iranian nuclear weapons capability would pose a major threat to American interests, an existential threat to Israel and its western allies, and create grave security risks worldwide.” 
  15. Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines - We share with others certain concerns about the vigilance and effectiveness of monitoring of Iran's nuclear production sites, the unintended effects the nuclear accord will have in strengthening a regime hostile to America, Israel, and other states in the Middle East, the worry that a chain of nuclear proliferation will result from the agreement's sunset provisions, and, as noted, that the world will eventually have to contend, again, with Iran's threshold capabilities. 
  16. The Jewish Federation of MetroWest, NJ - “It is not a country that has earned our trust.”
  17. Jewish Federation of New Orleans - “As is, under the current agreement, Iran’s nuclear program is simply frozen and does not eliminate its future capability to create a nuclear weapon.”
  18. Jewish Federations of North America - “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.”
  19. The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach - "The JCRC, as a leader in the community, is determined to take a position that will be promulgated to our members of Congress. Notwithstanding its local status, JCRC feels that it has a responsibility to do what is best for the Jewish community, the vital interests of the United States, and the security of the State of Israel." Learn more about the Iran deal from this presentation created by the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach. 
  20. The Jewish Federation of Philadelphia -“Given the Iranian regime’s history, we are concerned, but hopeful, that this deal will successfully eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities and will include the highest possible levels of verification.”
  21. Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County - "While we sincerely respect the sustained and extraordinary efforts of the United States and its allies to put a diplomatic end to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, we regretfully find ourselves among the large, diverse and growing number of experts and organizations in opposition to the proposed agreement. And we urge others to join us."
  22. The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago - “The threat of the Islamic Republic of Iran ever obtaining nuclear weapons is a matter of the gravest concern to our community and the world."
  23. J-Street - “Having studied the text of the agreement, J Street intends to back it and work hard for its implementation, making the case to Congress that this agreement serves the vital security interests of both the United States and Israel.”
  24. National Jewish Democratic Council  - “ NJDC has found that the deal accomplishes the core goals of negotiations and will ultimately lead to a safer and more secure region.” According to the NJDC, Jewish Democrats are in favor of this deal."
  25. Partners for Progressive Israel (PPI) - "While no agreement with an adversary can provide absolute guarantees, we believe that this accord is an important step in the direction of preventing Iranian development of a nuclear capability, with a strong and transparent verification mechanism."
  26. St. Louis JCRC - "Iran is not a country that is deserving of our trust. It has continually violated the human rights of its people, funded terrorist organizations, threatened annihilation of Israel, worked to destabilize neighboring countries in the region and supported Holocaust denial."
  27. The Israel Project - "The deal will give Iran billions in cash and sanctions relief to fuel its terror and war machines, shred the hard-won sanctions regime beyond repair, and enable the Iranians to get away with hiding the full extent of their nuclear work, infrastructure, and know-how. It will not have an enforceable inspections regime or a workable way to re-impose pressure on Iran when it cheats."
  28. Union Of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and the Rabbinical Council Of America - "we have found the deal with Iran seriously wanting and will mobilize our member rabbis and synagogues throughout the nation to urge Congress to fulfill their mandate and disapprove the agreement."
  29. Union for Reform Judaism, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Central Conference of American Rabbis -  "As the U.S. Congress, other world leaders, and the American public, including the Jewish community, evaluate the details of the proposed agreement, we recognize that thoughtful people can and do hold strongly different opinions as to whether this agreement is the best obtainable result in securing our shared goals and upholding the ideal that solutions should be found through the negotiating process rather than a military confrontation."