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Press Release

ADL to Congress on Iran Deal: Get the Tough Questions Answered, or Don’t Support it

New York, NY, July 20, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today sent a message to members of the House and Senate asking them to carefully review the proposed Iranian nuclear deal by probing the administration more deeply on the details. The League called on Congress to reject any deal if they do not get satisfactory answers to key questions that would “…decrease the likelihood Iran will become a nuclear weapons state.”

In a letter sent to members of the House and Senate Monday, ADL enumerated four questions it believes members of Congress should ask in measuring the impact of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran. They include:

  • Does the agreement sufficiently limit Iran’s nuclear weapons capability?
  • Can the verification and enforcement mechanisms ensure Iranian compliance?
  • How can America’s deterrence be strengthened in the face of relatively front-loaded sanctions relief?
  • How can the U.S. refine a broad regional strategy to counter the threat of Iran’s aggression?

“Congress should critically examine how the deal would be implemented, whether it can, in fact, effectively safeguard America and its allies from the threat posed by a nuclear Iran, and consider additional appropriate policies and measures that will decrease the likelihood Iran will become a nuclear weapons state,” wrote Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The serious stakes of the issue merit a debate that rejects the false choice between accepting this agreement and advocating for war. This message ill-serves the goal of ensuring that an agreement with Iran will make America and its allies safer.”

Mr. Curtiss-Lusher and Mr. Foxman added: “We are not non-proliferation or nuclear weapons experts and we don’t presume to have the answers. But ADL’s policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon compels us to ask that Congress probe these key questions that are generating intense trepidation among our constituents.”

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.