In a few short weeks, we'll be hosting a free event in Boston that will bring experts, facilitators and young adults to talk about the implications of the proposed Iran nuclear deal.
Before that, however, we're scouring the corners of the internet for the best sources, firsthand, analysis and anything else, that we think helps explain both the proposed agreement itself and the various viewpoints around it. Are you a Boston-area young adult? Register for the August 26th "What's the Deal with the Iran Deal" conversation now!
Earlier this summer, negotiators from Iran, Europe and the United States wrapped up close to two years of talks about nuclear weapons with the announcement of an agreement. Under the pact, which will be reviewed by Congress over the next month and a half, Iran will limit uranium enrichment – you need enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon – and undergo inspections at nuclear research sites.
UN sanctions imposed on Iran will be lifted. The country will get an immediate $100 billion or so that has been held as a result of sanctions, a massive windfall that has Iranians celebrating and Israelis fearing for a future of well-armed Hezbollah terrorists to the north and re-arming Hamas to the south.
Israel, AIPAC (and other Jewish organizations, including CJP, our parent organization), the GOP and some Democrats don't like the deal. Led by PM Benjamin Netanyahu, there is a consensus across much of Israel that this deal endangers the Jewish State. The deal isn't strong enough, they say, to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran in 10-15 years. Additionally, Iran will take its newly found wealth and spread it around to destabilize the Middle East and boost the coffers of terrorists who have and will continue to attack Israelis and Jews around the world. They think a better deal is possible, and that Iran gained too much from this proposed agreement. It's a gamble that wagers on a moderating Iran, and that's not at all a sure bet, they argue.
President Obama, many Democrats in Congress, much of Europe and some Jewish organizations including J Street, believe it's the only way forward and will achieve the goal of preventing one of the most dangerous regimes in the world from obtaining the ultimate weapon. This deal, they say, is better than no deal and those who oppose it might be more interested in military options to stop Iran than negotiations. Additionally, by re-introducing Iran to the rest of the world, it's possible – even likely – that the country might moderate as old-line religious leaders begin to die off, to be replaced by younger Iranians more interested in more normal ties with the outside world than exporting Islamic revolution.
Fact-checking the flame throwers: Article from the Forward looks into the major criticisms/statements of support for the Iran deal.
The White House: The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: Statement about the Iran Deal
AIPAC: Urge Congress to Oppose Bad Deal with Iran
J Street: Why J Street Supports the Nuclear Deal