WASHINGTON – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs’ Rabbi Steve Gutow, president, and Josh Protas, Washington director, were among a select group of Jewish leaders and dignitaries invited to the White House on Thursday as President Obama signed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act into law.
JCPA is a leading advocate within the Jewish community for policies that prevent Iran from continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons and strongly endorsed the new sanctions President Obama signed into law this afternoon.
The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act expands existing sanctions to cover a range of financial institutions and businesses and imposes a broad ban on direct imports from Iran to the United States and exports from the United States to Iran (exempting food and medicines). The new sanctions also freeze the assets of Iranians, including Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, who are active in weapons proliferation and terrorism and provide a much-needed legal framework for governments and other investors to divest their portfolios of foreign companies involved in Iran's energy sector.
“Today is a historic moment as our nation took the strongest steps to-date to ensure Iran’s path to nuclear weapons is not an open road,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. “A nuclear armed Iran is a threat to Israel, a threat to the United States and a threat to the entire international community. We cannot allow Iran’s nuclear goals to become a reality. I commend the President for his leadership and his efforts to rally the international community, including the United Nations and European Union, behind Iranian sanctions and I hope the President will continue to work with the international community to implement these meaningful sanctions.”
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 14 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations. -END-