Simon Wiesenthal Center Urges Senate to Pass the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act

“Only tougher sanctions — not more talk — can force Tehran to stop the centrifuges’

October 31, 2013

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human Rights NGO is urging the U.S. Senate to immediately adopt the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, which earlier passed the House with broad bi-partisan support.

“We respectfully disagree with the White House's push to give the Iranians more time.  It is important to remember that the Iranians are now celebrating the 10th anniversary of lying to the world about their nuclear ambitions.  How many more anniversaries should we allow them to celebrate?  Make no mistake about it, behind the calm demeanor and smiling face of President Rouhani is a shrewd and devoted follower of Ayatollah Khamenei, who has written the book on how to run out the clock with yet another series of meetings, while Tehran rushes to reach the nuclear weapons brink,” charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean and associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center. 

“Unless and until the Iranian regime gives full, immediate and unencumbered access to all sites to outside inspection, anything they say cannot be believed.  Rouhani himself has bragged how he helped string out earlier nuclear talks dating back a decade.”

“The only hope of stopping the program in the eleventh hour, is the threat of an even more powerful sanctions program, already approved by the U.S. House of Representatives,” SWC officials added.  "Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Israel and all of Iran’s neighbors, know that a nuclear Iran will lead to a total destabilization of an already roiling region and a headlong rush by other states to join the nuclear weapons club."

"The Wiesenthal Center urges the Senate to vote on the bill immediately and for the President to sign it. Unless and until the Iranians can prove they have stopped their nuclear program, they deserve no moratorium on sanctions,” they concluded.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO).