Americans who are Iranian and Jewish cannot help but view the recently announced nuclear understanding between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 with skepticism, concern and disappointment.
First, we are skeptical because there is no “deal.” Nothing was signed in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 2. There are only two statements: one from the U.S. State Department titled “Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” and another from the Islamic Republic titled “Iranian Fact Sheet on the Nuclear Negotiations.” The former is in English, the latter is in Farsi, and they do not mirror each other in substance at all. In fact, there are serious and fundamental gaps between the two statements, which are problematic, to say the least. Significant details remain unaddressed, including the pace of sanctions relief, the “process” for surprise inspections and Iran’s advanced nuclear research capabilities. Iranian-American Jews are skeptical because we know the duplicitous and pernicious nature of the Islamic regime firsthand. Look no further than the fact that the Islamic regime lied about every aspect of its nuclear weapons program, built secret fortified underground facilities, violated the non-proliferation treaty and hid its nuclear weapons program for more than two decades.