Sec. Kerry shaking hands

Iran: An Update

On November 24, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry and other leaders of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran announced an interim agreement between the parties.  The six-month deal reached in Geneva between the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, Germany  and Iran rolls back some of the sanctions against the Iranian government in exchange for limitations on Iran’s nuclear program.  Another crucial part of the deal is that Iran agreed to freeze construction on its heavy-water reactor, Arak. 

The Reform Jewish Movement has a long history of advocating for a peaceful world.  Our commitment to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalms 34:15) inspires us to work towards building a world without nuclear weapons.  In 2009, the Union for Reform Judaism passed a resolution addressing the threats posed by Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Here’s a round-up of recent coverage:

  1. Check out this CNN article that answers some basic questions about the deal.
  2. Watch President Obama deliver remarks on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
  3. Read several Members of Congress’ responses to the announcement of the deal with Iran.
  4. Read about different Israeli leaders’ opinions on the deal, including Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response.
  5. Read a New York Times op-ed about the positive effects of the agreement.


Image courtesy of Fabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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Deborah Goldberg

About Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg is an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. She graduated in 2013 from Washington University in St. Louis and is originally from Deerfield, IL where she is a member of Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim.


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