Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Where do go from here on Iran short term? Aipac's message

Aipac's message
Over the past many months, as details of the proposed nuclear deal with Iran have emerged, you have stood on the front lines. Facing one of the most significant challenges in our movement’s history, your persistent activism — through personal meetings, frequent phone calls, and regular emails to members of Congress — has helped shape the national discourse and illuminate the dangers of this deal.
Today, we know that the Senate will not override a presidential veto of legislation that will disapprove the nuclear deal with Iran. However, we also know now that once the votes are tallied, a bipartisan majority of America’s representatives in Congress will oppose this deal.
Your hard work over the past few months has made — and continues to make — an undeniable difference at this critical moment. In addition to the majority of Congress disapproving the deal, we also know that:
In poll after poll after poll, the American public overwhelmingly opposes this deal.
The vast majority of the organized American Jewish community, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and numerous Jewish federations in cities across the United States, as well as hundreds of rabbis across all major Jewish denominations, all oppose this deal.
Beyond the Jewish community, prominent leaders from the Christian, Hispanic, African-American, veteran and LGBT communities have been outspoken in opposition to this deal.
These facts speak volumes about our collective efforts, our sound arguments, and our unwavering determination to reach a better outcome.
Now, days before the congressional vote, I’m writing to ask you to keep fighting for a better deal.
The battle to prevent a nuclear-capable Iran is far from over. Ensuring the largest possible bipartisan rejection of this agreement will establish the strongest possible foundation for the Iran policy debate still to come, and will ensure a robust congressional role in that process.
Many members of Congress are still undecided. We must continue to engage them and make our case. We must press our elected officials to insist on a better deal until every vote is cast.
Please pick up the phone and call your members of Congress. Urge them to consider the historic ramifications of this decision. And ask that they oppose this deal to preserve the safety of America, Israel and our allies around the world

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