Jewish Leaders Welcome Continuity of Arms Embargo Against Iran Through New US Sanctions

New York, NY

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

"We welcome the new US sanctions against Iran announced today that target the Iranian military and other entities involved with the regime's nuclear program, which it maintains in defiance of signed commitments and promises. The international community must not ignore the clear, present, and proven danger of Iran, which is set on extending its control and imposing its radical ideology at all costs.

The rogue Iranian regime continues to violate agreements forsaking its nuclear ambitions; it has a clearly established history of violating its commitments from the moment they are made. With these new sanctions in place, the US maximum pressure campaign is intensified and the critical arms embargo on Iran, that was due to expire in a matter of days, is sustained. Without the arms embargo, a regime that openly calls for America's downfall and the genocide of the Jewish people through the annihilation of Israel would be able to amass additional weapons for its own use and to supply its terrorist proxies. Iran cannot be allowed to become a greater threat to the stability and security of the Middle East and the entire world.

Before the current regime took control of the country and its citizens in 1979, Iran was not the pariah state that it is today. The people of Iran, a proud nation with a rich heritage, do not share the desire for regional hegemony that is relentlessly pursued by their rulers. They seek instead reentry into the international community, which would welcome them back with open arms if only the Iranian regime would forgo its quest to sow chaos and destruction. The Ayatollah should heed the undeniable signs of a new paradigm in the Middle East, where peace is chosen over conflict, and consider a different path for Iran and its people."

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