In the latest round of endorsements for President Obama’s historic nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic of Iran, over 340 American rabbis from “all streams of Judaism” have signed a letter announcing their support of deal.
“We commend the U.S. and the other negotiating teams for their dedication to reaching an agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. This deal is good for the United States and our allies in the region, and is the best arrangement possible given current international realities” states Rabbi Steven Bob.
It’s further evidence that the deal arranged by President Obama and a coalition of international allies is widely supported among rational thinkers and those who actually want to see some kind of peaceful resolution to the perpetual instability of the Middle East. It also highlights the differences within the Jewish-American community, which has its own share of neoconservative war-hawks closely connected to the jingoistic warmongers in the Republican-held Congress.
“If Congress ultimately rejects the deal, the consequences for the United States, Israel, the Jewish community and the world will be significant. We fear that the outcome will be the collapse of the international sanctions regime, an Iranian race for nuclear weapons and an associated arms race in the Middle East and isolation of Israel and the United States from international partners,” warns Rabbi Samuel Gordon.
From scientists to generals now to religious leaders, American civil society is coming together to show broad support of this deal, despite all the right-wing efforts to smear our President as an “appeaser” and their blatant attempts to interfere with the relations between nations. We owe it to our soldiers and to the people of the Middle East to give peaceful options a chance. The suffering wrought by the Bush Administration on the Iraqis and the price paid by our soldiers was far too high for our nation to be speaking of war so recklessly once again.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.