New York, March 18th, 2022 – The American Jewish Congress sent yesterday a letter to Capitol Hill, highlighting the importance of security guarantees for our allies as part of any new nuclear agreement with Iran. The letter, which was sent to Majority and Minority Leaders in both chambers, along with the Chairman and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Foreign Relations committees, works to address the looming Iranian threat – and expresses the strategic and principled necessity of safeguarding our partners in the region.

On March 13th, 2022, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) executed a rocket attack that landed near a U.S. Consulate in Erbil, Iraq. Shortly after the attack, the IRGC released a statement claiming responsibility, in which they describe Israel, the Middle East’s only true democracy, as an “infamous regime.” While not new in behavior, this escalation, especially as nuclear negotiations progress, is another indication of the Islamic Republic’s disregard for sovereignty and a clear example of “Tehran’s desire to see the United States and our allies destroyed.”

As negotiations continue to unfold, the obligation of the United States to ensure the safety and security of our friends must remain a top priority. With Israel, Abraham Accord partners, and other allies continuing to face threats from Iran at every turn, the time to act is now. We urge the Federal Government to provide security guarantees for our allies as part of any new nuclear deal and end Iran’s ambition to achieve breakout capacity.

You can find the text of the letter HERE.

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