In advance of the impending vote on the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the IAEA, the Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP) which is composed of over 350 prominent rabbis in Israel and abroad sent the following letter to US Legislators on Capitol Hill:
“Very soon you will be asked to vote for the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). We would like to focus on the terrorist, national security and economic threats – posed by the agreement – to the US, the leader of the Free World, upon whom depends global safety.
“Your vote on the agreement – by every legislator – will either facilitate a nuclear war or spare humanity of a nuclear war. In this age of globalization, every congressional district and State will be impacted by the horrific consequences of the agreement, including the few hundred sleeper cells which are already in place in the USA.
“In the words of the Prime Minister of Israel, Binyomin Netanyahu:
“The Iranians aren’t even trying to hide the fact that they will use the hundreds of billions that they will receive under this agreement in order to arm their terror machine and they are clearly saying that they will continue their struggle against the US and its allies, first among them being Israel, of course.
“Today Iran is arming terrorist organizations with missiles – tomorrow they will have the ability to arm them and themselves with much deadlier weapons. The agreement that was signed paves Iran’s way to arm itself with nuclear weapons within a decade, if Iran decides to honor the agreement, and before then if it decides to violate it, as it is usually does.”
“It is therefore crystal clear the infusion of billions of dollars in sanctions relief will finance Iran’s ongoing global campaign of terror against Israel and other U.S. allies, and be used to further exert its influence across the Middle East thereby harming U.S. interests.”
“We fail to understand President Obama’s and the European countries’ irrational obsession with encouraging and protecting Iran’s nuclear program, which ultimately poses a threat to them as well as Israel.
“As rabbis who represent 350 prominent rabbis in Israel, we prefer to steer away from politics; however, we feel that the current agreement with Iran jeopardizes not only American interests but threatens the very existence of the State of Israel. Therefore, it is not merely a political issue, but a matter of life or death. If we rabbis remain silent in the face of such a threat, we will be failing in our mission and will be committing a grave sin as well.
“Over two thousand years ago, in ancient Persia – present day Iran – Jews faced a similar situation. An “ayatollah” by the name of Haman set a scheme in motion that would have annihilated the entire Jewish nation in a single day. Mordechai, the Jewish leader, turned to his niece Queen Esther, the wife of the Persian king and the highest ranking Jewish official at that time, and appealed to her to intervene on behalf of the Jewish people and ask the king to nullify the decree.
“Esther hesitated, however, and claimed that her actions would not only fail to help, but would make matters worse. Mordechai retorted that this was her defining moment: “If you persist in keeping silent at a time like this, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from somewhere else, but you will have forfeited this privilege. Who knows whether it was just for such a time as this that you attained your royal position.”
“Mordechai’s eternal words ring true today, as well. We have reached a defining moment in the history of Israel and the U.S., and in the lives of those who support her. If you keep silent at a time like this, by not opposing the agreement, relief and deliverance will come to Israel and the U.S. from elsewhere, but you will have forfeited the privilege of standing by them. And who knows — perhaps it was just for such a moment that you were elected to Congress or Senate of the great United States of America.
“We urge you: Oppose this dangerous deal!”
Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky
Rabbi Sholom Gold
Rabbi Abraham S. Lewin