Dear Friends of Israel and the Jewish People,
It has been reported that Senator Cardin (D-MD), Senator Coons (D-DE), Senator Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Bennet (D-CO) have all committed to overriding President Obama’s anticipated veto of the newly introduced Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (S. 615)!!!! This bi-partisan legislation authored by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) will delay the lifting of sanctions against Iran and establishes a procedure for congressional review and approval of any nuclear agreement with Iran before it is finalized.
Christians United for Israel was able to get 57,000 supporters of Israel to write letters to the Senate. A similar effort on your part will dramatically enhance the effort to pass the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. It is urgent that we call, e-mail, and write to those senators below who supported the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act in the past but who have maintained silence or are non-committal regarding their willingness to override Pres. Obama’s expected veto of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. Our phone calls, e-mails, and letters DO make a difference! This was emphasized first-hand by Congressional representatives during recently attended AIPAC sessions.
The websites of Senators are warning that intense security in Washington is causing significant delays in the receipt of regular mail. They are advising to fax letters rather than sending them by regular mail to Washington.
NOTE: Although it was reported in the Wall Street Journal that Senator Schumer was committed to overriding Obama’s expected veto of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, the Jewish Voice (3/11/15) has just reported that Schumer “declined to confirm that he would vote to override a veto.” Ask Senator Schumer: Is he or is he not going to be counted among those brave Democratic Senators who are putting our national security and that of Israel before partisan politics and protocol?
For those in New York, call Senator Schumer at 202-224-6542 (or 212-486-4430).
E-mail him by going to www.schumer.senate.gov
Fax a letter to: 202-228-3027
For those in New York, call Senator Gillibrand at 202-224-4451 (or 212-688-6262).
E-mail her by going to www.gillibrand.senate.gov
Fax a letter to: 202-228-0282
For those in New Jersey, call Senator Cory Booker at:
202-224-3224 (or 973- 639- 8700)
E-mail him by going to www.booker.senate.gov
Fax a letter to: 202-224-8378
For those in Pennsylvania, call Senator Bob Casey: Call 202-224-6324 (or 215-405-9660)
Fax a letter to: 202-228-0604
Senators Mark Warner (D) of Virginia, Joe Donnelly (D) of Indiana, and Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia are also senators who originally supported the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act but who are now silent. If you are in these states or have contacts in these states, please encourage them to launch phone, e-mail, and letter-writing campaigns to these senators.
The message we sent:
“Your support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Senate Bill 615) is urgently needed. It is critical that the proposed agreement with Iran be subjected to Congressional review and approval before it is finalized. We are urging you to put the security of the United States of America, its closest ally Israel, and the entire Middle East region above politics and protocol and to commit to overriding President Obama’s expected veto. 77 % of Americans now agree that Iran’s development of nuclear weapons is a “critical threat” (Gallup World Affairs Poll, Feb. 8-11, 2015).
The Administration is about to enter into an agreement with Iran which is described by our State Dept. as the “world’s foremost leader of state-sponsored terrorism” and is ruled by a regime that has reneged on every agreement it has signed since 2003. It continues to refuse the International Atomic Energy Agency access to its Parchin military complex and has refused to allow the IAEA to inspect the technologies it is developing which are related to building a nuclear weapon. Iran has done nothing to establish itself as a credible negotiating “partner.”
There is every indication that the strategies being used with Iran are the ones that failed with North Korea which now has nuclear weapons. Iran’s nuclear ambitions are threatening to create a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
THE PRICE FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION’S OUTSOURCING OUR FIGHT AGAINST ISIS MUST NOT BE A NUCLEAR-ARMS-CAPABLE IRAN. YOU MUST HOLD THIS ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS DANGEROUS STRATEGY.
On behalf of our children, our grandchildren, and future generations, we beseech you to find the courage and fortitude to support the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 and to commit to overriding Pres. Obama’s expected veto! At this perilous juncture in history, we need heroic action!”
Lynne Bursky-Tammam and Nessim Tammam
Chairpersons, Yom Hashoah Mobilization Committee