Reactions to President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From the Iran Nuclear Deal
FROM THE AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (AIPAC)
[This] decision is not an endpoint. Rather, it provides an important opportunity to apply further diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran in order to both prevent the regime from ever acquiring a nuclear weapons capability and to push back against its expanding regional aggression.
It is our collective responsibility to forge a bipartisan consensus to ensure America’s lawmakers stay focused on that effort. This cannot be achieved by one bill, one initiative or one announcement. It requires a long-term strategy, backed by the bipartisan support of Congress.
In the months and years ahead, AIPAC will work with Democrats and Republicans to ensure that our government applies all the tools necessary to counter Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions. The gravity of the moment and the imperative to definitively end Iran’s ability to acquire a nuclear weapons capability demand that we remain focused on this effort.
From the American Jewish Committee
The AJC issued a statement saying that despite opposing the 2015 JCPOA because of its flaws — no binding provisions on ballistic missile development, no focus on Iran’s destabilizing regional behavior, weaknesses in the coverage of the inspections regime and a dangerous sunset clause — it had hoped working with European allies, the deal could be improved.
According to its statement, the decision by Trump was “profoundly regrettable. Despite our many reservations, we had nonetheless hoped to see the deal ‘fixed,’ not ‘nixed,’ at this stage of the game.
“We can only hope that this action by the President, significant as it is, will not end the effort to find common ground. The last thing anyone should want is a wedge driven between the U.S. and our European partners, as Iran would inevitably become an unintended beneficiary. And given Iran’s current and future threats to regional and global security, that should be an outcome no one in the U.S. or Europe wants.”
“President Trump’s misguided and ill-conceived announcement weakens the United States, damages American credibility with its allies and puts the entire world at risk,” said Ameinu National President Kenneth Bob. “The agreement with Iran was working, according to American and Israeli security experts. The deal’s opponents, while extremely vocal, have never been able to articulate a practical alternative to this negotiated settlement,” he added.
“It is our fervent hope that America’s European allies and Iran will endeavor to keep the JCPOA alive and prevent Iran from resuming its uranium enrichment program that was halted under the agreement. It’s difficult to understand how leaving the JPCOA makes the United States, Israel or any other country any safer. Just the opposite, we are now closer to a war in the Middle East than we have been for many years.”
From the Israel Policy Forum
“While there is a legitimate debate to be had about the wisdom of withdrawing from the Iran deal, President Trump’s announcement — in clear opposition to the wishes of the P5 +1 countries, particularly the United States’ E3 allies Britain, France, and Germany — is concerning. Any effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power will require buy-in from American allies, and withdrawing from the nuclear agreement in an effort to get Iran to agree to tougher terms going forward is only a viable tactic if there is a formulated and multilateral Plan B in place.
“Safeguarding American and Israeli security cannot be accomplished if foreign policy is conducted as an extemporaneous exercise based upon campaign sloganeering rather than well-crafted policies. What is critical now is not only to think through how best to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check, but to also prevent the divisiveness that characterized the debate in the American Jewish community during the lead up to the Iran deal’s formulation. Rather than relitigate previous battles, it is imperative to focus on what comes next.”
The Israel Policy Forum is a N.Y.-based American Jewish organization that works for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
From the Jewish Policy Center
“The Jewish Policy Center applauds President Trump for withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran entered the agreement hiding its prior nuclear weapons program and unwilling to allow inspections of its military facilities and has since possessed too many centrifuges and too much heavy water. Furthermore, Iranian cooperation in military facilities with North Korea made it impossible for the United States to certify, as the JCPOA requires, that a) Iran is “transparently, verifiably and fully implementing” the agreement; and b) “has not taken any action, including covert activities, that could significantly advance its nuclear weapons program.
“France, Germany and the United Kingdom have made intensive efforts to bring Iran closer to compliance, but they failed.
“Withdrawal from the JCPOA is not the end of the process. The president and America’s allies must find ways to protect the United States, Europe, and the Middle East from Iranian aggression — both nuclear and non-nuclear. But we believe President Trump has taken a decision that is responsive to the situation and vital to the national security interests of the United States.”
The Jewish Policy Center is a Conservative-leaning think tank based in Washington, D.C.