Trump’s Iran Sanctions Met With Applause

    Trump’s Iran Sanctions Met With Applause
    By Daniel Odrezin, 
    BJF Asst. Executive Director  

    Photo is of a missile Iran tested at the end of 2016. 
    Many of President Donald Trump’s recent actions have caused anxiety and discord among Jewish groups, but there was seeming consensus in support of one major administration policy last week. Many mainstream Jewish organizations applauded the implementation of new sanctions on Iran.  The sanctions, which were applied to 13 individuals and12 entities, were in response to recent Iranian ballistic missile tests in violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions. 
    “Nefarious Iranian behavior cannot go unchecked,” said David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, a global Jewish advocacy organization that works closely with the Birmingham Jewish Federation.  
    “Rigorous monitoring of Iran’s compliance with the [2015 nuclear deal] and related international measures, such as the UN ban on ballistic missile tests, is imperative to successfully curtailing Iran’s threats to regional and global security,” he added in a statement Friday. 
    The Anti-Defamation League welcomed the new sanctions as well.  “The Trump administration’s swift and targeted response today sends an important signal that the US remains, and will continue to be, serious about holding the regime in Tehran accountable for its behavior,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said. “We hope others in the international community will follow suit.”  Both the AJC and the ADL received funding from the BJF’s Annual Campaign. 
    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a longtime advocate for tough Iran sanctions and a vocal critic of the 2015 nuclear agreement, released a statement supporting the move as well.  
    “Iran has stepped up its aggressive behavior over the last year, highlighted by another ballistic missile test this week,” the AIPAC statement said.  “The Trump Administration has made clear that the United States intends to push back against Iran’s unacceptable actions, and these new designations mark an important first step.” 
    AIPAC additionally thanked a bi-partisan group of 22 US senators who advocated for additional sanctions. 
    While the BJF’s parent organization, Jewish Federations of North America, typically avoids statements on political issues, and an umbrella group of which JFNA is a member did speak forcefully in favor of the new sanctions.  
    “Today the Trump Administration took another step toward holding Iran accountable for its provocative and belligerent behavior which threatens Israel and other US allies in the region and vital US national security interests,” said the Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations’ leadership.
    According to a story from Bloomberg, Iran carried out additional missile tests during annual military exercises Friday, despite the announcement of new sanctions. 

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