The Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties and the Jewish Community Relations Council held a town hall meeting in Atlantic City on August 24 to discuss the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed by Iran and the P5+1 world powers in July.
Middle East Forum Director Gregg Roman addressed the meeting alongside Nitin Chadda, director of the Iran Desk at the National Security Council; Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ); Consul General of Israel Yaron Sideman; and Dr. Linda Maizels, director of Israel & International Affairs with the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA) Washington office.
MEF Director Gregg Roman
"[The Iran deal] has legitimized Iranian actions throughout the Middle East and the world [and], as President Obama said in an interview with Thomas Friedman right after the deal was passed, [served] to welcome them back into the family of nations.
A country that is responsible for providing the genocide of 300,000 Syrians. The country that's responsible for the civil war in Yemen. The country that has led to Hezbollah rising in Beirut.
The country that has exclusively armed Shi'a militias responsible for death squads – not just killing American troops, but killing Sunnis and other members of Iraqi society. [The country] that has effectively destabilized the progress made by the surge after the Bush administration left office and the Obama administration came in, [that] has effectively wiped out American gains in that region over the last 10 years."