NEW YORK—In response to West Bank terror attack and murder of Eitam and Na’ama Hankin, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement: “Our prayers go out to the four Hankin children who were forced to witness this unspeakable act of terror, and to all those affected by this senseless violence. We are in shock that a human being could be so filled with hatred to murder innocent parents before their children’s eyes, and saddened that four young children will have to grow up as orphans. It is well past time to put a stop to the incitement contributing to these vicious acts of terror, and move forward toward a more peaceful future.”
NEW YORK—In response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ address to the UN General Assembly, in which he stated that the Palestinian Authority was no longer bound by its agreements with Israel, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:
“Mr. Abbas must be taking suggestions from Hamas, because his new position is precisely what his erstwhile terrorist partners have been advocating for years. By continuing to incite violence, support terrorism and spew anti-Semitism, the Palestinian leadership consistently has shown it is neither interested in preserving the Oslo Accords nor achieving lasting regional stability.
“Given the current turmoil in the Middle East, leaders on both sides must firmly reject isolation, intolerance and destructiveness, and recommit themselves to promoting coexistence and mutual understanding.”
“The burden of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon must not be passed on to our children and grandchildren.” — AJCongress President Jack Rosen
NEW YORK—After careful and deliberate consideration, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement regarding the Iran deal:
“The Executive Board of the American Jewish Congress has come to the decision that the agreement reached by the P5+1 nations with Iran is fundamentally flawed and should be rejected by the United States Congress.
“We have read the agreement, and listened closely to the arguments made by President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretaries Kerry and Muniz and others in the Administration. We are persuaded that the negotiating team worked tirelessly to try to achieve a deal that would serve the best interests of the United States and its allies. We recognize that no deal is perfect, and the Administration has taken great pains to try to narrow Iran's ability to acquire nuclear weapons.
“However, success depends, in part, on the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency to perform robust and intrusive inspections on all Iranian facilities in a timely and comprehensive manner. We do not believe the agreement lives up to that requirement.
“President Obama's stated aim—at the beginning of his presidency, during the negotiations, and after the agreement was signed—was to prevent every conceivable pathway for Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Yet, the President conceded in an interview that even in the unlikely event that Iran faithfully lives up to every obligation in the Agreement, the deal has a life expectancy of somewhere between 10-15 years, after which it would be in a position to make a dash toward nuclear capability.
“In other words, the U.S. is willing to say to children in elementary school today that by the time they reach college, they may be living in a world where the regime of the Ayatollahs, which continues to denounce the United States as its mortal enemy even after concluding the Agreement, may well be a nuclear country.
“Unfortunately, it no longer can be said that the U.S. has erected a roadblock to every avenue Iran might use to become a nuclear power.
“The American Jewish Congress is deeply concerned that the national security interests of the United States will be compromised by this agreement, and that the safety and security of Israel may be jeopardized by those who loudly proclaim to the world their desire to destroy and eliminate the Jewish state.”