- Here’s a relatively brief anatomy of Iranian nuclear deal from the Times of Israel
- Want to read the agreement for yourself? Tablet has it here.
- Statement By President Obama On First Step Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Program
- White House Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program
- Before Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with President Obama today about the deal, initial reaction from the PM and senior Israeli government leaders has been mostly harshly critical. The PM called it a “historic mistake” that “made the world a much more dangerous place.” Watch:
- AP: Iran nuclear deal fuels anger, jitters in Mideast
- Reuters: Israeli markets gain, investors say Iran deal not a mistake
Note: I’ve also included below the White House readout from the Obama-Netanyahu call this afternoon.
- The Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA), which is an umbrella network of CRCs and several national agencies issued a statement which I have included below, describing the agreement as a potential stepping stone toward a final agreement, while reiterating that Iran has done little to deserve our trust.
- American Jewish Committee (AJC) says that a diplomatic agreement is unquestionably preferable while raising several serious questions that must be answered in order to evaluate the deal.
- Anti Defamation League (ADL) expresses deep concerns about flaws in the agreement including Iran’s record of non-compliance
- I haven’t yet seen statements from AIPAC or the Conference of Presidents. Both of these organizations, along with the above nationals, have been part of a broad consensus campaign to focus on the impact, effectiveness and more recently to begin pushing for Congressional action toward potential additional sanctions on Iran. J Street, which has been alone amongst national agencies represented in JCRC by recently campaigning against any new sanctions effort, released this statement today backing the Geneva deal.
- Aaron David Miller (Woodrow Wilson Center) offer five reasons why the deal might fail: Let’s Not Celebrate This Iran Deal…Yet
- Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg: In Iran, Obama Achieves 50 Percent of His Goals
- Times of Israel’s Raphael Ahren: Can Netanyahu turn interim failure into end-game success?
- JTA’s Ben Sales: Understanding the deal with Iran |
- Slate’s Fred Kaplan: This is exactly the deal that Obama hoped to achieve in Geneva.
Also this fascinating piece from AP: Secret US-Iran talks in Oman last March set stage for nuke deal
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2013
Readout of the President’s call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
President Obama called Prime Minister Netanyahu today to discuss the P5+1’s first step agreement with Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The two leaders reaffirmed their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The President noted that the P5+1 will use the months ahead to pursue a lasting, peaceful, and comprehensive solution that would resolve the international community’s concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Consistent with our commitment to consult closely with our Israeli friends, the President told the Prime Minister that he wants the United States and Israel to begin consultations immediately regarding our efforts to negotiate a comprehensive solution. The President underscored that the United States will remain firm in our commitment to Israel, which has good reason to be skeptical about Iran’s intentions. The President and Prime Minister agreed to stay in close contact on this issue as the P5+1 and Iran negotiate a long-term solution over the next six months.
JCPA Statement on the Interim Agreement with Iran
WASHINGTON, DC –JCPA President and CEO Rabbi Steve Gutow released the following statement today regarding the interim agreement reached in Geneva between the P5+1 countries and Iran regarding that state’s nuclear program:
“Though Iran has done little to deserve our trust, diplomacy is preferable to military action. At the same time, we support President Obama when he says that no option should be taken off the table. Thus, we believe the interim agreement reached in Geneva today has the potential to serve as a valuable stepping stone to a final agreement that can serve the long term security interests of the United States, Israel, the Middle East and the entire international community. Such a final agreement, which should be negotiated in a tight time frame, must not leave Iran in a position to continue its drive for nuclear weapons capability, or to be able to restart it with ease anytime in the future. The menace of a nuclear armed Iran needs to be eliminated once and for all.”
“We also believe that it is important to maintain strong economic pressures on Iran until a satisfactory final agreement is reached as well as the strict inspection and verification mechanisms to ensure compliance with today’s interim agreement. Economic pressures caused Iran to come to the negotiating table, and they will contribute to the effort to reach a final agreement. Intrusive inspections can help ensure Iran does not continue to development of nuclear weapons while negotiations for a final agreement continue.”
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