Hundreds of rabbis from across the country will march in Washington in a few weeks when Congress reconvenes to hand-deliver a letter urging lawmakers to vote against the Iran nuclear deal.
“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,” reads the letter, signed by about 1,114 American rabbis.
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, who wrote the letter with friend Rabbi Kalman Topp, said rabbis “in the hundreds” will come to Washington beginning Sept. 8, the day that Congress reconvenes, to meet with lawmakers and deliver the letter, The Hill reported.
The list of lawmakers they will meet with is “in flux,” Mr. Bookstein said, with much depending upon who announces their stance on the Iran deal by then, and who is still on the fence.
Mr. Brookstein said he is working to verify the signatories to make sure all are American rabbis and predicts that by Monday, when the letter closes for signatures, more than 1,000 of those left will be valid, The Hill reported.
In the letter, the rabbis highlight how the proposed nuclear deal will increase funding for the Islamic Republic without any conditions tied to it’s “nefarious behavior.”
“The Iranian regime denies basic human rights to its citizens, publicly calls for America’s downfall and Israel’s annihilation, and openly denies the Holocaust. This dangerous regime—the leading state sponsor of terrorism—could now be given the financial freedom to sow even more violence throughout the world,” the letter reads.
The letter comes after a group of 340 American rabbis sent another letter to Congress in support of the deal earlier this month, whose signatories included “many” rabbis from the liberal reform movement, at least 50 from the traditional conservative movement and at least one orthodox rabbi, The Huffington Post reported.
Mr. Brookstein said the signatories of the current letter were rabbis from every major denomination and political view.
Lawmakers will vote on a resolution to block the deal when they return to Washington in September.
Republicans unanimously support the resolution to block the deal’s implementation while fourteen Democratic senators are still undecided. Two Democratic senators have openly opposed the deal.