Iran sanctions push not delayed, say pro-Israel groups AIPAC, CUFI, AJC

( American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) President Michael Kassen said over the weekend that there will “absolutely be no pause, delay or moratorium” in AIPAC’s lobbying efforts for stronger sanctions on Iran.

The statement contrasts with recent reports that indicated major Jewish organizations would refrain from lobbying Congress for tougher sanctions for two to three months while negotiations with Iran persist, after the White House asked them to do so in a meeting last week.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Abraham Foxman said Nov. 2 that Jewish groups would take a “time out” in their lobbying efforts following the White House meeting. But Kassen said, “AIPAC continues to support congressional action to adopt legislation to further strengthen sanctions and there will absolutely be no pause, delay or moratorium in our efforts.”

Christians United For Israel (CUFI) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) will also continue their push for stronger Iran sanctions.

“We mustn’t give Iran a comfortable window within which to complete their nuclear work,” CUFI Executive Director David Brog told “So long as Iran continues to build its stockpiles of enriched uranium, we should—at the very least—be strengthening our sanctions.”  

“Since it is the ever-toughening sanctions that got Iran to negotiate in the first place, there needs to be a reminder that things will get still worse for Tehran if nothing changes soon on the ground,” AJC Executive Director David Harris wrote in an op-ed for Haaretz.

Posted on November 3, 2013 .