Jewish Leaders Dismayed by Six Countries Joining INSTEX

New York, NY

. . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“In a disgraceful move, contrary to the lofty principles they espouse, six European countries have joined the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), a channel for circumventing US sanctions in order to do business with Iran.

By joining INSTEX, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden give tacit support to an extremist regime that in recent weeks has crushed widespread protests, brutally murdering hundreds of its citizens, as well as contributing to suppressing protests in Beirut and Baghdad against Iranian presence.

Moreover, Iran has escalated its nuclear weapons program with repeated violations of the JCPOA. Iran continues to be the biggest state supporter of terrorist organizations and is behind efforts to destabilize regimes in the Middle East.

At a time when the Ayatollahs’ abuse of the Iranian people is particularly egregious and the regime’s aggression in the region is increasingly flagrant, these countries joining INSTEX will essentially be seen as a green light for further atrocities. In their effort to rescue the JCPOA, these countries are rewarding Iran’s destructive actions and enabling its quest for regional hegemony at all costs."

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