Fully half of the membership of my congregation in Los Angeles are Persian Jews. The vast majority came to the U.S. after 1979, when Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi fell and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took over. They left not only because of the summary execution of a respected philanthropist and leader of the community, but because it was increasingly clear that confiscation and brutality were replacing the shah’s regime of tolerance. As a result, many of the best and brightest of Iranian society—doctors, business leaders, even government officials, left or were hounded out. Listening to their stories, it’s clear the degree of self-inflicted damage the Iranian regime did is astonishing.
|Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple at AIPAC|
... How far will Iranians go, once some money is in hand, to pursue their destructive agenda? The belief that rational self-interest is a governing principle is a belief common to rational people. In a world where countries are run by anti-Semites, being anti-Semitic is not necessarily more dangerous than misunderstanding anti-Semitism. We have just concluded a deal (the JCPOA for "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement") with people infected with the oldest and most virulent pathology of hatred the world has known. This is no time for celebration.
"Why do many Jews support the Iran deal? When political ideology trumps reality." by Dennis Prager in FrontPage Magazine Aug 26, '15
—There are no "anytime, anywhere" inspections, as Americans were promised during the negotiations.
—No American or Canadian inspectors will be allowed into Iran.
—The agreement obligates all the parties, including the United States, to help Iran protect its nuclear facilities against an attack, whether physical or cyber.
—Any area of Iran that the Iranian regime designates "military" cannot be inspected.
—Iran can object to any inspection and delay it at least 24 days and, according to the Wall Street Journal, up to three months.
—The deal will free a hundred billion dollars and eventually much more for the Iranian regime to use to bolster Iran's economy and to supply terror groups around the world.
In light of these weaknesses, any one of which renders the deal fraudulent, how could anyone who cares about America, not to mention Israel, support it?
And it gets worse: There are two secret side deals to the agreement made between Iran and the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). They are not just kept secret from you and me. They are kept secret from the president, the secretary of state (who admitted to Congress that he has not seen them) and the Congress of the United States.
How then could any member of Congress vote to affirm an agreement with Iran, crucial parts of which they cannot even know about? Read more
|Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Josh Luckman, Sam Yebri argue JCPOA|
The event moderator, Temple Emanu-El of Beverly Hills' Assistant Rabbi Sarah Bassin explains the synagogue's intention behind their hosting the 'conversation' on the JCPOA Iran-sanctions-lifting proposal confronting Congress and Senators.
Sam Yebri argues against and Josh Lockman argues for Sec'y Kerry's Iran sanctions lifting proposal
Iranian-American man reacts to debate: Why shouldn't your Congressman trust sanctions-lifting proposal will protect people from Islamist Iran?
Iranian-American mother reacts to debate: We all (both Jewish and Muslim Iranian-Americans) want our Congress-people to oppose this proposal leading to World War III - and to renegotiate for a safer, nuclear proposal with Iran.