Nearly 800 rabbis have signed an online petition opposing the Iran nuclear deal, while urging Congress to vote against it.
“We have weighed the various implications of supporting—or opposing—this agreement. Together, we are deeply troubled by the proposed deal, and believe this agreement will harm the short-term and long-term interests of both the United States and our allies, particularly Israel,” says the petition, which identifies its organizers as Rabbis Kalman Topp and Yonah Bookstein.
As of Monday, 790 ordained rabbis from across the U.S. had signed the petition. The organizers hope to gain 1,000 signatures by Sept. 7.
The petition describes how Iran will get nearly $150 billion in sanctions relief “without any commitment to changing its nefarious behavior,” noting that the Islamic Republic calls for Israel’s annihilation, denies the Holocaust, and finances terrorism throughout the world.
“We call upon our Senators and Representatives to consider the dangers that this agreement poses to the United States and our allies, and to vote in opposition to this deal,” says the petition.
Israel considers a nuclear Iran to be an existential threat and has called on outsiders to join the chorus against the deal. The Islamic republic continually calls for the annihilation of Israel.