On Iran: Say “Yes” to Peace!


by pjals Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 | 1:13pm | Comment on this

Finally some good news! After a marathon of diplomatic efforts from seven nations, a Framework Agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has been reached. This opens the door to further non-proliferation efforts and to a dramatic improvement in US-Iranian relations, after decades of frozen enmity. Most Americans desire a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Iran. But without significant grass- roots mobilization, that aspiration will be thwarted.

[a message from our friends at United for Peace & Justice]

In plain sight, the right-wing government of Israel has been determined to sabotage this agreement from the outset. Acting through AIPAC (American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee) and its wealthy American supporters, it is bending every effort to convince our elected officials to advance their agenda. This blatant interference with our nation’s foreign policy is unprecedented in its scope. Millions of dollars have gone into the coffers of US politicians willing to follow the Israeli government’s lead.

The Israeli Prime Minister has found willing allies in Republicans, eager to undermine any diplomatic success by the Obama Administration. But it’s not just Republicans. Too many Democratic Senators and Representatives routinely accede to destructive pressure from the Israeli government, acting through its AIPAC lobbyists.

Significant grass-roots mobilization is needed now to ensure that a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Iran will not be thwarted.

The immediate danger is S. 615, the Iran Nuclear Review Act, authored by Senator Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This bill provides for Congressional review of the final document, allowing for a joint resolution that would bar any statutory sanctions relief. If this resolution passes, the prospect for any final agreement disappears.

For text and co-sponsors:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/615/titles

Your help is needed now to advance the cause of peace and thwart this legislation.

What you can do:

  • Call your two Senators:
  • Let Them Know:
    • You support the Nuclear Framework Agreement with Iran
    • You strongly oppose S. 615 or any Congressional effort to de-rail diplomacy
    • You believe that as our elected officials, they should oppose the Israeli interference with our national security policy.
    • They should be advocating for negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East.

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