Action Alert: Tell Congress to Save the Iran Deal

As we expected, President Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal on October 17th but declined to kill it outright by imposing new sanctions. Instead, he dropped the fate of the deal in the lap of Congress, hoping to make lawmakers complicit in US violation of the terms of the JCPOA.

This would give Iran the green light to resume its nuclear program and increase the risk of escalation to an armed conflict with Iran. But that’s not all. It would mean that as the US and Israel seek to combat Iran’s nefarious activities in the Middle East we could be up against a nuclear-armed state. Further, the US would rupture relations with our allies and undermine our credibility, such that North Korea would have no reason to negotiate its nuclear disarmament.

We can’t let this happen. Tell Congress to preserve the Iran deal.

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Iran Nuclear Deal under Threat by Trump

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The JCPOA at One Year: A Clear Win for the US and Israel

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Recommended reading: The Obama Administration on the 1-year anniversary of the JCPOA

Recommended Reading on the JCPOA 1-year Anniversary - Analyses/News/Commentary

APN archived/historic resources: Diplomacy Produces Good Iran Deal

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The JCPOA at One Year: A Clear Win for the US and Israel

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  • The Obama Administration on the 1-year anniversary of the JCPOA: Obama, Kerry, Moniz, Power (plus links to earlier statements around the Implementation Day, Jan 2016; announcement of the deal, July 2015; and during negotiations around the deal)

APN on the JCPOA at One Year: A Clear Win for Both the U.S. & Israel

Secretary_Kerry_greets_Iranian_Foreign_Minister_Zarif474x531This week, on the first anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Americans for Peace Now (APN) celebrated the achievement of this historic deal – a deal that has already proven itself by radically rolling back and limiting Iran’s nuclear program. 

APN President and CEO Debra DeLee commented:

“We reiterate today our thanks and congratulations to President Obama and his P5+1 partners – France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China – on this historic agreement and its ongoing implementation. A year on, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has proven itself a clear win for the American people, for U.S. leadership, for U.S. national security and, we believe, for Israel. Already this agreement has dramatically and verifiably rolled back Iran’s nuclear program, stringently limited Iran’s ongoing and future nuclear activities, and taken off the table what pre-JCPOA was the looming threat of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon in the foreseeable future.  The implementation of the JCPOA also ensures that, where in the past the U.S. and international community had very limited means to monitor Iran’s activities, today, should Iran decide to break the terms of the deal and try to ‘sneak out’ to a nuclear weapon, there is a far greater chance such an effort would be detected and the U.S. and its allies would be in a far stronger position to respond effectively.

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Recommended Reading on the JCPOA - 1-year Anniversary

Secretary_Kerry_greets_Iranian_Foreign_Minister_Zarif474x531War is Boring 7/15 (Joe Cirincione & Geoff Wilson): The Cavalier Crusade for a War With Iran

Politico 7/15: Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal

7/14: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the one year anniversary of the JCPOA

Al-Monitor (AC’s Barbara Slavin) 7/14: Channel to monitor Iranian procurement awaits real test

The Hill 7/14 (Tom Collina of Ploughshares) 7/14: The Iran deal is working. Don’t mess with success.

Center for a New American Security (CNAS) 7/14: The JCPOA with Iran, One Year Later

Think Progress 7/14: One Year Later, Ordinary Iranians Aren’t Seeing The Benefits Of The Iran Deal

HuffPo 7/14 (Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL): Let’s Celebrate The One-Year Anniversary Of The Iran Deal Instead Of Undermining Its Progress

HuffPo 7/14 (former Rep. John Tierney): The Iran Deal: One Year Later, The Facts Point To Success

Vox 7/14: It's been a year since the Iran deal was signed. So far, it’s worked.

Politico 7/14: Kerry: Iran nuclear deal has 'made the world safer'

New Yorker 7/14: Will the Iran Nuclear Deal Survive? (Robin Wright)

AP 7/14: Obama marks anniversary of nuke deal; GOP aims to undermine

CNN 7/14: Iran nuclear deal one year out: The good, bad, and ugly

CNN 7/14: Iran nuclear deal at anniversary not the rallying cry GOP sought

Reuters 7/14 (Commentary): A year after nuclear deal, sanctions still hurt Iran

Breitbart.com 7/14: John Bolton: Obama’s Iran Deal Was ‘Diplomatic Waterloo for the United States’

Al-Monitor 7/14: Iran takes page from US Treasury’s playbook

LA Times 7/14: One year later, White House claims success in Iran nuclear deal

J St Blog - Uzi Eilam 7/14: I ran Israel's Atomic Energy Commission. I know the Iran deal is working.

WINEP 7/13 (Olivier Decottignies): Europe and the JCPOA

Trend 7/13: Iran says nuclear deal upheld so far

Jerusalem Post 7/13: Iran deal opponents play a long game, hoping for toughness from Clinton

The National Interest 7/13: Why America Needs an Interests Section in Iran

New York Times 7/13: Iran Sticks to Terms of Nuclear Deal, but Defies the U.S. in Other Ways

Washington Post 7/13: Corker has a new Iran sanctions bill, but more bipartisan support may be hard to come by

JTA 7/13: Possible Clinton VP choice, an ex-NATO chief, slammed Iran deal and has close Israel ties

The Atlantic Council 7/12: A Year On, Iran Nuclear Deal is Working, but Challenged (Barbara Slavin)

LobeLog 7/12: Anniversary of Iran Nuclear Deal: Neocons Still Anti-Diplomacy

Politico 7/11: Politicians, diplomats pen letter urging stronger ties with Iran (letter is here, signed by 75 national security leaders)

+972 (Shmuel Meir) 7/9: One year on: The Iran deal has fulfilled its promise

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

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You did it! For weeks you and your fellow activists across the country have been telling your elected officials to support the Iran deal – and last week, enough members of the House and Senate stood together to ensure the Iran deal will be implemented. This is an historic achievement of which you should be enormously proud!

These members of Congress stood up for what is right for America and right for Israel by supporting the Iran agreement. Now they need to hear from you once more, to let them know they did the right thing. Click here to thank them.

At the same time, every Republican in Congress and a small number of Democrats opposed the Iran deal. Click here to let them know you think they did the wrong thing – and to put them on notice that further efforts to kill the Iran deal are unacceptable.

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Statements/letters issued by groups of expert validators, opinion leaders

Since the JCPOA was signed on July 14, a variety of group statements have been issued, including from veteran national security leaders, retired top military officials, scientists and nuclear experts, etc. The most important of these letters are included below.

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9/2: A bipartisan group of former Members of Congress issue a letter in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and urge bipartisanship in Congress in supporting the agreement.

8/31: 74 Prominent Iranians Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

8/31:  Growing List of U.S. Rabbis (440 and counting) Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

8/31: 71 Former Senators and Representatives Urge Congress to Support the Iran Nuclear Agreement (text of statement here)

8/29: Majority of DNC Delegates Sign Letter to Obama in Support of Iran Deal

8/27: 70 national organizations (including APN)  Implore Congress to Support Iran Deal

8/27: 11 Jewish ex-lawmakers call on Congress to back Iran deal (text of New York Times ad is here)

8/27: Statement from 73 Middle East and International Relations Scholars -- The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability

8/24: Letter from more than 50 Christian leaders supporting the Iran deal (Politico article here)

8/20: 26 Former Jewish Leaders Call on Congress to Approve Iran Deal (text of and full list of signers is here)

8/17: Statement from 75 Nuclear non-proliferation specialists in support of the Iran deal

8/16: 340 Rabbis Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

8/14: Former Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Richard Lugar, R-IN) and former chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (J. Bennett Johnston, D-LA) publish op-ed disagreeing the Schumer's opposition to Iran deal

8/13: Longtime Former Chair/Ranking Members of Senate Armed Services Committee (Carl Levin, D-MI & John Warner, R-VA) publish op-ed in support of Iran deal

8/12: 98 Prominent Hollywood Jews Back Iran Nuclear Deal in Open Letter (including text of letter & list of signers)

8/11: Dozens of retired generals, admirals back Iran nuclear deal -- Text of letter here

8/8: 29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal in Letter to Obama -- Text of letter is here (# of signers as of 8/12/15 is 32).

8/3: US Steelworkers (USW) Voices Support of Proposed Nuclear Agreement with Iran

7/27: Letter to Congressional Leadership from Former Under Secretaries of State and former American Ambassadors to Israel on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

7/24: European Leadership Network members express support for the Iran nuclear agreement - Group statement signed by over 70 members

7/22: U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Urges Congress to Support Iran Deal

7/20: Statement by 60 National Security Leaders on the Announcement of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

7/17: Letter to the President from over 100 former American Ambassadors on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Members of Congress in Support of the Iran Deal

This page features statements -- links and excerpts -- from members of the Senate and the House of Representatives in formal support of the Iran nuclear deal, starting with the latest statements. (Last update: September 17, 11:02am, EST)

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Israeli Nuclear/Security Experts on the Iran Deal

Some are suggesting that Israeli national security experts are uniformly opposed to the Iran deal and support Netanyahu's efforts to block its implementation.  In reality, there are more complex, nuanced views in Israel, as in the United States. 

We will update this page regularly with new articles and statements from former Israeli military and national security officials and Israeli nuclear experts.

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