November 25, 2013
Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., joins with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in its response to the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. Hadassah welcomes the Israeli team set to visit the United States next week, and urges the U.S. and Israel to engage one another in substantive discussions to ensure that any final agreement on the table between Iran and the P5+1 (U.S., Great Britain, France, Russia and China; plus Germany) also has the full support of the Israeli government.
JCPA Statement on the Interim Agreement with Iran
WASHINGTON, DC – JCPA President and CEO Rabbi Steve Gutow released the following statement regarding the interim agreement reached in Geneva between the P5+1 countries and Iran regarding that state’s nuclear program:
“Though Iran has done little to deserve our trust, diplomacy is preferable to military action. At the same time, we support President Obama when he says that no option should be taken off the table. Thus, we believe the interim agreement reached in Geneva today has the potential to serve as a valuable stepping stone to a final agreement that can serve the long term security interests of the United States, Israel, the Middle East and the entire international community. Such a final agreement, which should be negotiated in a tight time frame, must not leave Iran in a position to continue its drive for nuclear weapons capability, or to be able to restart it with ease anytime in the future. The menace of a nuclear armed Iran needs to be eliminated once and for all.
“We also believe that it is important to maintain strong economic pressures on Iran until a satisfactory final agreement is reached as well as the strict inspection and verification mechanisms to ensure compliance with today's interim agreement. Economic pressures caused Iran to come to the negotiating table, and they will contribute to the effort to reach a final agreement. Intrusive inspections can help ensure Iran does not continue [its] development of nuclear weapons while negotiations for a final agreement continue.”
For additional information about the details of the interim agreement, read the coverage from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA). Hadassah members, associates, and supporters can also register on Hadassah's website to receive the Daily Briefing, powered by the JTA.
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Date: 11/25/2013 12:00:00 AM