Join over fifty organizations in warning the world of the dangers of the nuclear Iran deal, on July 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Times Square (42nd, Street and 7th Ave.) in NYC, at the ‘Stop Iran Now Rally – For Peace Through Strength.’
We say, “Never Again” will Jews be silent. We speak of the inaction by major U.S. Jewish organizations in the late 1930s as the threat of Nazi Germany grew, and during the horrors of the Holocaust. Will we be silent as well? Will the same sin be repeated?
Following the release of the negotiated Iran agreement with the six nations, with a visible gaze of distress on his face, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “stunning and historic mistake for the world.” He added, “Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting nuclear weapons will be lifted.”
We hear the news and gasp. How, over twelve years, has a deal morphed from the demand for dismantling of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, into one that allows Iran to maintain its nuclear program, without even a clear route for inspections? In Tehran, the extremists who took over the nation in 1979 are rejoicing as they burn American and Israeli flags and call for the destruction the United States and Israel. So, too, the many proxies of Iran, like Hezbollah and Hamas, are celebrating. No doubt, North Korean leaders, whose negotiations with the U.S. allowed them to develop nuclear weapons, are laughing once again at the United States.
Nations who claimed to negotiate on behalf of the world community have lost their way. A rogue nation’s quest for the world’s most dangerous weapons has been validated. The lifting of sanctions will allow the greatest sponsor of global terror to intensify its heinous attacks. The Administration promises that violations of the accord will reset the sanctions, but really, it would be like putting Pandora back into the box. Without “anytime, anywhere inspections,” how are violations to be discovered?
The failure of the international community to stop a perilous threat occurred many times during the period preceeding World War II. Nazi Germany arose when the world community, still weary from “The Great War,” was preoccupied and did not react. When Germany invaded the Rhineland in violation of the Versailles Treaty in 1936. When months later, the Olympics were held in Berlin while persecution of Jews and political dissidents was in full swing. When the Nazis invaded Austria in the Anschluss in 1938, no nation stood in Germany’s path. The disastrous negotiations at Munich in 1938, when the Sudetenland was handed over to Hitler, followed years of capitulations.
Although the Iran deal has been forged, it is not yet final. Congress has sixty days to approve or reject the deal. While President Obama has promised that he will veto any congressional rejection, a two-thirds majority of both houses of Congress can override the President’s veto. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to make that happen. Your attendance at the rally will send a powerful message to Congress and to the American people. Let your voice be heard.