Resources: Iran Nuclear Deal


The Jewish Community Relations Council is vehemently opposed to a nuclear Iran. Nonetheless, when it comes to the manner in which this goal is achieved, we are keenly aware that there are diverse opinions across the country and here in our own community.

On July 20th, the deal that was agreed upon, between the P5+1 countries (United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and Russia) and Iran, was delivered to Congress to begin their mandated 60 day review period.

JCRC released a statement on July 14 and is giving careful consideration to the many thoughtful analyses that present a range of opinions reflective of our community’s views. We strongly encourage community members to similarly explore ideas and search for solutions, as well as to express their views to members of Congress. Whether one supports or opposes the deal, Israel’s concerns are real and legitimate.

The JCRC will continue to put out new information as it becomes available. Click here to receive e-mail updates about the Iran agreement.

Elana Kahn-Oren, JCRC Director

Michael Pollack, JCRC Chair




Full Text of Agreement sent to U.S. Congress

TIMELINE | Nearly 60 years of efforts to contain Iran’s nuclear program

How Iran’s Economic Gain from a Nuclear Deal Might Affect Its Foreign Policy

Who’s who in the Iran talks and what do they want?


Webcasts and Conference Calls


Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. CST
Join us for a webinar next Tuesday with Richard Verber, senior vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Professor Alan Johnson, senior research fellow at the Britain Israel Communications Centre (BICOM). This follows other webinars and conference calls with speakers representing a variety of positions. Register here.

Special address by President Barak Obama (August 28, 2015)

Recording of JCPA conference call with with Yair Lapid, Member of Knesset and Chairperson and founder of the Yesh Atid political party in Israel

Recording of JCPA conference call with Dennis Ross

Special address by US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (August 13, 2015)

Special address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (August 4, 2015)

Special address by Dr. Robert Satloff (July 23, 2015)


Analysis and Perspectives

(in alphabetical order)

Analysis by Middle East Experts


Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations: Iran Got a Far Better Deal Than It Had Any Right to Expect

Peter Beinart, David Frum, and Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic Monthly: Is There a Viable Alternative to the Iran Deal?

Shlomo Ben-Ami, Former Israeli Foreign Minister: Netanyahu Is the Horseman of the Jewish Apocalypse

Roger Cohen, The New York Times: One Congressman’s Iran

James Fallow, The Atlantic Monthly: The Real Test of the Iran Deal

Shai Feldman, Ariel E. Levite, The National Interest: Seven Realities That Made an Iran Deal Almost Inevitable

Thomas Friedman, The New York Times: Obama Makes His Case on Iran Nuclear Deal

Chuck Freilich, The New York Times: A Good Deal for Israel

JJ Goldberg, The Forward: Israel Security Establishment Breaks with Bibi on Iran Deal and This man explains why Iran deal is good for Israel

Efraim Halevy, Former Mosad Chief: Before we storm Capitol Hill

Michael Herzog, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: Israel Confronts the Iran Nuclear Deal

Miles Kahler, Council on Foreign Relations:  Iran, Sanctions, and the Illusion of a Better Bargain

Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

David Makovsky, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: Keeping Iran’s Feet to the Fire

Richard Nephew, The Brookings Institute: Deal or no deal? Congress really must choose

Thomas R. Pickering, Tablet: A Guide for the Perplexed: The Iran Nuclear Agreement

Ambassador Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: Iran will Cheat, Then What? and Iran Deal Leaves U.S. With Tough Questions

Natan Sachs, The Brookings Institute: Israel and the United States: A dialogue of the deaf

Robert Satloff, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: Clarifying a ‘No’ Vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Natan Sharansky, Jewish Agency for Israel: Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran

Dr. Robert Satloff, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: If the Iran Deal Fails . . . and What’s Really Wrong with the Iran Deal?

Ari Shavit: The Iran deal: From thriller to horror story

Ray Takeyh, Council on Foreign Relations: On Iran, Congress Should Just Say No

Shibley Telhami, The Brookings Institute: Netanyahu steered U.S. Toward War With Iran – the Result is a Deal he Hates


News Articles


National Public Radio (NPR):  The Iranian Nuclear Deal: What Happens Next?

The Washington Post Editorial: Mr. Obama’s complex and costly deal with Iran

The Hill: Lieberman: Schumer is ‘key’ to blocking nuclear deal

The Huffington Post:  John Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Good For Israel’s Security

Jerusalem Post:  Kerry’s ‘threats, intimidation’ won’t silence Israel, official tells NYT

New Poll: U.S. Jews Support Iran Deal Despite Misgivings

The Washington Post Opinion: How to Put Some Teeth in the Nuclear Deal with Iran

Times of Israel Blog: A Bad Deal