JCRC Statement on Preliminary Iran Agreement
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County expresses appreciation for the tireless efforts of the Obama Administration and Secretary of State John Kerry to prevent the development of Iran’s nuclear capability.
In light of information provided by the White House on April 2nd, JCRC strongly advises that a final agreement be vetted through the congressional review process.
JCRC encourages President Obama to support the bipartisan Corker-Menendez Bill known as The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. This bill would mandate the president to submit the text of any agreement to Congress to provide lawmakers with the opportunity to hold hearings, call witnesses and experts, and educate the public about all aspects of such agreement.
JCRC remains concerned about Iran’s intentions. Iran continues to be a main sponsor of global terrorism, has demonstrated a long history of deception, and has continually pledged to destroy the State of Israel – a priority that a high-ranking Iranian general recently called “non-negotiable.”
It is critical that the US government take them at their word. The proposed 15-year limit on Iran’s restricted uranium enrichment and other nuclear development activity is too short a period for a country that has maintained a tyrannical and uncompromising regime for the last 36 years. Likewise, we are seriously concerned about the proposition to allow Iran to maintain more than 6,000 centrifuges and enrich uranium at lower levels.
We firmly believe the agreement requires a broad consensus as well as careful and responsible scrutiny.