Ameinu, the largest grassroots progressive Zionist organization in North America, applauds the finalization of an agreement between the United States and its P5+1 international partners and Iran – The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “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.
Gideon Aronoff, Ameinu’s CEO continued, “While the details of the plan will receive careful review by the United States Congress, Ameinu believes that the JCPOA must not be undermined through comparisons to a “better” but unobtainable ideal such as complete elimination of all Iranian nuclear capabilities. Review based on the reality of the negotiations and the necessity of holding the international coalition together is crucial. Likewise, this deal addresses only the potential paths to nuclear weapons for Iran, and benefits in this area should not be lost because of continuing valid concerns in other areas of Iran’s actions in the international arena. Some in Congress, as well as the Israeli government, have in the past used partisan and overly heated rhetoric instead of measured assessment based on security experts, a practice that is divisive and counterproductive.”
Bob concluded, “While we are pleased that the nuclear issue has been addressed in this deal, we remain greatly concerned by Iranian support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah and its actions in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. Ameinu calls on the United States, as well as the other P5+1 governments – UK, France, Russia, China, Germany and the EU – to remain united in seeing that the nuclear deal is honestly implemented, and focused on developing long-term strategies to counter Iranian adventurism in the region, support for terror and threats to Israel and other states.”
Ameinu, the leading progressive Zionist membership organization in the United States, is dedicated to promoting a negotiated peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, and to social and economic justice for all in Israel and America.
Ameinu reinforces Jewish continuity through support for Habonim Dror, the Labor Zionist youth movement, and management of the Kibbutz Program Center which sends 100’s of young adults on unique Israel experiential journeys every year.
Released on July 14, 2015