Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic, sarcastically tweeted, “Have left-handed Jewish gastroenterologists taken a position on the Iran nuclear deal yet?” while former U.S. Department of Defense official Michael Doran posted a series of messages mocking the letter.
“BREAKING: 93 hairdressers from NJ sign petition in favor of the Iran deal, stating they were convinced by the science,” he wrote. “BREAKING: 77 of the best dentists in Florida sign petition in favor the Iran deal, b/c it blocks all the pathways to a bomb.”
The open letter was first published by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday and includes signatures from 98 Los Angeles-based Jews, many with links to the entertainment industry. The group explained their support for the Iran deal and urged Congress to approve the agreement. The letter says that the nuclear accord “is in the best interest of the United States and Israel” and warns that if Congress were to kill the deal, it would be a “tragic mistake.”
The signatories include Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, film producers Lawrence Bender and Mike Medavoy, and a number of rabbis and former politicians.
The open letter appear as a full-page ad in Thursday’s edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.