Following the announcement that Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators – Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse – would support the Iran Nuclear Deal, reaction within the state’s Jewish community has been mixed.
Officials with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island say they’ve talked with Whitehouse and Reed over the last several years about the agreement.
Alliance spokesman Marty Cooper says now that Reed and Whitehouse have announced their support members feel there are still issues that need to be resolved.
“The number one issue is the integrity of Iran,” said Cooper. “Can they be trusted? If they can’t be trusted what are we going to do as a global community to make sure that we’re safe?”
The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island is not taking an official stance on the deal. Cooper says he hopes politicians don’t simply vote along partisan lines.
“And like I’ve said to all four members of the delegation, I just hope they vote with their heart, and what’s best for the world,” said Cooper. “Because what’s best for the world is what’s going to be best for the Middle East as well.”
Several prominent Democrats, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer say they oppose the deal.
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