Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel is urging the US to increase economic sanctions on Iran.
The Holocaust survivor made the comments in an open letter published in the New York Times yesterday, in which Wiesel called for a “total dismantling” of the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.
“Our nation is morally compromised when it contemplates allowing a country calling for the destruction of the State of Israel to remain within reach of nuclear weapons,” the “Night” author wrote.
“I appeal to President Obama and Congress to demand, as a condition of continued talks, the total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and the regime’s public and complete repudiation of all genocidal intent against Israel. And I appeal to the leaders of the United States Senate to go forward with their vote to strengthen sanctions against Iran until these conditions have been met.”
The letter, printed in ad form, was paid for by Michael Steinhardt, a Jewish philanthropist. Steinhardt commissioned the letter through The World, a group led by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
The letter came weeks after a US-led deal between world powers and Iran, that will see an interim freeze on some sanctions in return for a decrease in Iran’s nuclear proliferation, which Israel sees as an existential threat.
The US expects a permanent deal to go through next year.