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October 6, 2017  RSS feed
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Jewish lawmaker who opposed Iran deal leads push to have Trump abide by agreement

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Rep. Ted Deutch, D-FL and a senior House Democrat who opposed the Iran nuclear deal, is leading an effort to persuade President Donald Trump to abide by the agreement.

“Some of us voted for, and some against the Iran nuclear agreement,” said the letter to Trump with signatures from 160 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives – the vast majority of the caucus. “Nonetheless, we are united in our belief that enforcing this agreement to the fullest extent will provide the United States with more leverage to stop a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program and push back on Iran’s destabilizing activities.”

Deutch, who is Jewish and close to the pro- Israel establishment, is the latest erstwhile critic of the deal to say that quitting the deal without a solid pretext would alienate other signatories to the deal and U.S. allies – and would wound attempts to force Iran to stand down on its non-nuclear bad acts. Last week, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD – also close to the pro-Israel community and Jewish, forcefully argued against ditching the deal.


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