Jewish Federation of Cleveland

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland has issued a statement expressing opposition to the Iran deal.

According to the statement, released after a board of trustees meeting Aug. 12, the current Iran deal fails to address issues that are key to curbing Iran as a global threat.

“Contrary to the initial intent of the negotiations to dismantle Iran’s nuclear capabilities, the agreement only temporarily freezes Iran’s nuclear program,” the statement reads. “This serves to legitimize Iran as a nuclear threshold state and significantly reduces its nuclear proliferation time following the expiration of the agreement in 2030.”

The statement adds that the inspection mechanisms are inadequate and that the deal fails to address Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities that “serve no purpose other than military aggression.”

The agreement’s enforcement mechanism – a snapback of all sanctions – applies only to the most severe breaches of the agreement, the statement reads.

“This provision allows Iran to withdraw from the deal, and therefore Iran knows that it will not be used for any but the most severe breaches. The agreement’s failure to include clear consequences for lesser, incremental violations undermines effective enforcement.”

Iran is the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism, both through its direct actions and its support for terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, the statement continues.

”With the sanctions relief envisioned by the agreement, Iran will have even more resources to potentially funnel to terrorist organization and activities. The agreement does not prevent Iran from continuing to encourage and facilitate terrorist groups to commit atrocities against Americans, Israelis and citizens of all nations who only seek to live in peace.”

“As Congress continues to review the agreement, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland urges our Representatives and Senators to consider the issues at hand and to act in the best interest of national and global security by voting against approval of the agreement,” the statement concludes. “We also call on our leaders to endeavor to negotiate a revised agreement that addresses our concerns.”

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