Jewish groups critical of sanctions relief deal due to Iran’s past behavior

(JNS.org) Jewish groups are anxious about the $7 billion in sanctions relief Iran is receiving in the deal it reached with the P5+1 powers in Geneva over the weekend, citing Iran’s past behavior. 

A political cartoon on the Iran deal by Nathan Moskowitz.

“Iran must be judged by its actions, not its words and promises, because they are not worth the paper they are written on,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said in statement. “Nothing in the deceptive behavior of Iran and its leaders in recent years should make the world believe that they will honor this agreement.” 

Anti-Defamation League leaders said, Iran’s “record of noncompliance makes us skeptical of providing sanctions relief before Iran has taken tangible steps to dismantle its nuclear program.” 

“The diminution of sanctions—that were years in the making—which this deal permits will weaken the international community’s ability to impose serious economic consequences in the future. What is needed now is additional economic pressure to finally force the Iranians to verifiably abandon their nuclear weapons program,” stated B’nai B’rith International.

While a diplomatic solution “is unquestionably the preferred approach to resolving the Iranian nuclear issue,” Iran has for years exhibited “an indisputable posture of deceit and defiance towards the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and nations around the world, including, centrally, the P5+1,” said American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris.

Posted on November 25, 2013 .