Give Peace a Chance – Keep Calling Your Senators!

Give Peace a Chance – Keep Calling Your Senators!

Urgent Conference Call this Wednesday!
Protecting Diplomacy with Iran and Preventing Congressional Sabotage
Wednesday,January 22 at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST
Call-in  number: 605-475-6333; Code: 50222039
Please join us to hear more about progress in the Middles East and threats to diplomacy with Iran.

Briefing co-sponsored by PDA, with:

Jamal Abdi, Policy Director, for National Iranian American Council (NIAC); and
Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation. Co-Convener, UFPJ  
Join us for updates on the key challenges and ideas for successful action.

Yesterday, as the nation celebrated the Martin Luther King holiday, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began monitoring Iran’s compliance with a historic deal reached  Nov. 24 in Geneva between Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, to diplomatically resolve the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has stated that Iran is committed to the deal and will fulfill its obligations starting immediately. According to Zarif, Tehran is ready to enter talks for a permanent accord as soon as the interim deal goes into force.

However, in response to intense lobbying by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Israel’s hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a bi-partisan group of Senators is threatening to scuttle the deal by passing legislation (S.1881) that would impose additional sanctions on Iran before giving the negotiations a chance to succeed. We have made some progress, with 20 Senators now opposing the bill in support of diplomacy. But, with 59 co-sponsors, and 19 Senators not publicly decided, we need to keep up the pressure to make the bill veto-proof. A similar bill could be introduced in the House any time.

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