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A nuclear Iran is a direct threat to the United States and Israel. The Congress has worked tirelessly to engage elected leaders, and educate them on the importance of preventing a nuclear Iran from becoming a reality. The American Jewish Congress led the way in opposition to the Iran Deal that eventually passed through the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Our recent work towards preventing a nuclear Iran includes...

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October 2, 2021 - POLITICO: Iran Keeps Stalling

Published originally in POLITICO's National Security Daily Newsletter. Iran’s new regime keeps stalling for time, saying it wants to negotiate America’s reentry into the 2015 nuclear deal while keeping all parties at arm’s length. “In recent days, Iranian officials have held dozens of meetings with foreign officials to discuss the nuclear talks — but revealed few details about when they will return and what they want. And the regime continues to play a game of brinkmanship with the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency, striking deals to avoid censures, only to block access for inspectors days later,” POLITICO’s STEPHANIE LIECHTENSTEIN reported.  The result? “The push-pull…

October 1, 2021 - JEWISH INSIDER: Menendez to bring Iron Dome request to the Senate floor on Monday

Published originally in the Jewish Insider. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will bring the $1 billion Iron Dome replenishment bill to the Senate floor on Monday, the senator said Thursday night. Menendez said that he had planned to bring a unanimous consent request on the Iron Dome funding bill, which passed the House last week, to the Senate floor on Thursday night but ultimately delayed until Monday “as a courtesy” to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who is currently blocking the request and asking that it be amended. Paul’s amendment, obtained by Jewish Insider on Thursday morning, would rescind all unobligated reconstruction aid to Afghanistan, including aid to non-governmental…

September 30, 2021 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress hosts Sen. Menendez in conversation on America’s Future Role in the Middle East

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined the American Jewish Congress today for a Jewish Community Conversation. In his discussion with American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, and in response to questions from the audience, Sen. Menendez reiterated his strong support for Israel and its security. Sen. Menendez announced today that he would be proposing on the Senate floor, for Unanimous Consent consideration, legislation guaranteeing $1 billion in funding for the replenishment of Israel's Iron Dome defense system. Such legislation passed the House last week. In addition, Sen. Menendez was unequivocal about the need to address Iran's nuclear threat, stating:…

August 30, 2021 - JEWISH INSIDER: Biden promises ‘other options’ if Iran nuclear talks fail, following meeting with Bennett

Published originally in the Jewish Insider. Amid the backdrop of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held their inaugural meeting at the White House on Friday, discussing the threat from Iran and a range of other issues tied to the U.S.-Israel relationship. They emerged from a private meeting with a largely positive outlook for the bilateral ties, according to public remarks and accounts from Jewish leaders briefed on the discussions On Iran — the central issue for the Israeli delegation — Biden said in joint remarks with Bennett, “We’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where…

August 27, 2021 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress Lauds Prime Minister Bennett’s White House Meeting with President Biden

Today, after the White House meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Jack Rosen of the American Jewish Congress released the following statement: "Today's excellent meeting between President Biden and Prime Minister Bennett reconfirmed the strong bonds of friendship that tie the two countries together. We applaud President Biden for demonstrating once again how much he personally cares about a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, as he hosted Israel's leader at the White House even amidst the volatile situation in Afghanistan. We are thankful for his unwavering support for Israel's security as well as for his eagerness to work with the…

November 29, 2020 - NEW YORK POST: Jewish and pro-Israel groups angling to cement Trump gains

Originally published in New York Post. With President-elect Joe Biden just weeks away from moving into the White House, Jewish and pro-Israel groups are racing to nail down many of the gains from the Trump era — and are planning to aggressively lobby the new administration against any reversals. Most of all, leading US-Israel machers are looking to keep the US out of a new deal with Iran, or short of that — influence a future deal that corrects for what they say were many of the mistakes of the original. The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal was…

November 23, 2020 - Statement of Support for Tony Blinken’s Nomination as Secretary of State

The American Jewish Congress congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris for their excellent choice of Tony Blinken to be the country’s next Secretary of State.  We have worked closely with Tony over the years on multiple issues, from advancing peace and security for Israel to confronting Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the Middle East to combating Antisemitism and all forms of hate. Tony has proven time and again his ability to advance the interests of the United States by brokering difficult diplomatic agreements on these issues while working across the aisle to secure them. Because of Tony's recent…

August 7, 2020 - JNS: American Jewish groups react to Elliott Abrams as new special representative to Iran

Originally published in JNS. American Jewish and pro-Israel groups reacted to the news on Thursday that Elliott Abrams has replaced Brian Hook as U.S. Special Representative for Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement that Hook was resigning after being the main point person for the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against the Iranian regime. Abrams has been serving as the U.S. State Department’s special representative for Venezuela, a post he will continue to retain. President of the American Jewish Congress Jack Rosen told JNS that Abrams “will have little time to settle in,” citing the upcoming…

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