NORPAC November 2013 Newsletter
Message from the President
been a busy month, both event-wise and on matters related to US-Israel
between Iran and the US-led coalition are ongoing and promises to give
everyone anxiety. The stakes are high and our NORPAC membership has
been advocating for continuing sanctions until the Iran Nuclear Weapons
program is dismantled. Below are two articles on the subject which may
provide some insights. The 6 month interim agreement has
been announced. The American and Israel Administrations are at
odds about the agreement. The problem mostly being, once you have 3.5%
enrichment with the current equipment further enrichment to 20%
and beyond is only a matter of days. I expect
that the history of our agreement with North Korea plays
into the concern for this as well.
administration has asked for some time to hold off additional sanctions
during the next round of meetings with Iran in Geneva. The Democrat
members of the Senate are likely to give the Administration this
flexibility, but are clearly ready to move forward. It is likely that
sanctions will move forward with a timeline and goals included in the
legislation to reflect the six month timetable outlined in the
agreement with Iran.
The following is
a bipartisan statement that just came out reflecting those Senators in
the leadership of efforts to move the Sanctions forward in the Senate.
Statement on Iran Sanctions
WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan
group of 14 U.S. Senators released the following statement regarding
the Senate's consideration of Iran sanctions legislation:
weapons capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security
interest of the United States and its allies and we are
committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability.
We will work together to reconcile Democratic and Republican
proposals over the coming weeks and to pass bipartisan Iran sanctions
legislation as soon as possible."
was signed by the following Senators***:
Menendez (D-NJ) 202-224-4744
Kirk (R-IL) 202-224-2854
Schumer (D-NY) 202-224-6542
Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972
Cardin (D-MD) 202-224-4524
Rubio (R-FL) 202-224-3041
Casey (D-PA) 202-224-6324
Cornyn (R-TX) 202-224-2934
Coons (D-DE) 202-224-5042
Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523
Blumenthal (D-CT) 202-224-2823
Ayotte (R-NH) 202-224-3324
Corker (R-TN) 202-224-3344
McCain (R-AZ) 202-224-2235
***Please send a note or call these Senators thanking them
for their efforts to move the sanctions on Iran forward.
encouraging to see progress on the dismantling of the Chemical Weapon
arsenal and the US-led group is currently looking for a site to destroy
them. So far no takers. They may end up doing it at sea, so be careful
about your sushi (just kidding). If the dismantling of these chemical weapons
does successfully take place, it would be a major achievement for this
administration and should contain the Syrian civil war to a local or
on these negotiations are low. The PA, run by Abbas, continues to be
funded with large dollars of foreign money and there are intrinsic
problems to his accepting any deal.
First, is the
possibility that Abbas may have concerns about running a
state free of the enormous subsidies he is currently receiving. Second,
this would likely result in an election or coup the PA would
probably lose. Third, any deal Abbas agrees to short of universal
Jewish Genocide would be unsatisfactory to at least some of elements of
his populous and would risk his assassination. We have often heard
that the reason Arafat rejected the Camp David deal was concern
for his assassination should he make even the slightest compromise.
whatever is offered, Abbas will find a reason to reject it. Kerry is a
very talented and determined diplomat. He has taken on substantial
challenges. We hope he and the administration have clear vision to find
current solutions or patience to wait for the circumstances
to be more amenable for a long term solution.
in works with Iran much worse than imaginable
By SHELLEY BERKLEY
SPECIAL TO THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Details are still emerging of the deal that was nearly reached
in nuclear talks in Geneva over the weekend - a deal the Obama
administration will be pushing hard when talks resume next week.
By all reliable accounts, and despite repeated denials, the
United States is actively pursuing a catastrophic agreement with Iran,
one that would facilitate the nuclearization of one of the most
extreme, violent and anti-American tyrannies on Earth, with
consequences that will be regretted for generations.
The centerpiece of the deal, from the West's perspective, is
Iran's agreement to convert its stockpiles of 20 percent enriched
uranium to fuel for civilian use, and to halt further enrichment to 20
percent for a period of six months, in exchange for the release of
billions of dollars in frozen assets and the lifting of sanctions on a
variety of products such as gold, automobiles and aircraft parts.
The entire question of 20 percent enriched uranium is a
For many years, making a bomb went like this: First you spent a
lot of time enriching uranium material to 3.5 percent purity, which was
difficult. Then you enriched what you had created to 20 percent purity.
When you had enough of that, you would be in a position to easily and
quickly convert that material to 90 percent purity - good enough for a
nuclear warhead. That took time.
In recent months, however, Iran has advanced dramatically in
both the number of centrifuges at its disposal and their efficiency.
Today, experts say that given just a few weeks, Iran can go from 3.5
percent all the way to 90 percent. The whole issue of 20 percent
enrichment has become irrelevant. Instead, the most important questions
are how much 3.5 percent enriched uranium they have, and whether they
are allowed to keep their centrifuges spinning. If the answer to both
is yes, they are moving forward on a bomb.
The new agreement would allow Iran to continue to enrich freely
to 3.5 percent at its Natanz and Fordow facilities, and to continue
building centrifuges that can easily and quickly be installed. At the
end of the six-month period, Iran would be even closer to breakout
capacity - the ability to build a nuclear warhead so quickly that no
one could mobilize forces in time to stop it - than it is now while
enjoying six months of quiet and the lifting of the most painful
A more recent, totally separate path to making a bomb involves
the Iranian plant under construction at Arak, which, once operational,
will produce enough weapons-grade plutonium to make several nuclear
weapons a year. Yet the emerging agreement does not involve dismantling
the plant or even halting its construction, but merely a commitment not
to operate the plant for the next six months.
Iran has said that it only wants its nuclear facilities for
legitimate, civilian purposes. This is untrue. There is no need to
enrich uranium to fuel a power plant, as has been shown by many
countries - including Sweden, Italy, Canada and Argentina - that are
happy to purchase uranium enriched elsewhere. Nor is there any civilian
purpose for the plutonium-producing reactor at Arak.
It is difficult to overstate the consequences of a nuclear Iran.
Overnight, immense pressure would come to bear on Gulf states such as
Bahrain and others that have been subjected to repeated Iranian
attempts to undermine their rule, and that have maintained their
allegiance to the United States on the strength of American promises,
now proved empty. American naval hegemony in the Persian Gulf would be
dramatically undermined, further eroding our control over the sources of
Soon after, Iran would develop the ability to mount its weapons
on its mid- and long-range missiles that can reach Israel and our
allies across Europe. The nightmare of nuclear deployment by Hezbollah,
Bashar al-Assad or other Iranian proxies would be just a matter of
time. A nuclear arms race would immediately break out, with countries
such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, no longer believing in American
protection, concluding they must arm themselves to survive. A rapidly
swirling strategic typhoon could engulf the Middle East, completely out
of America's control, leaving us and our friends incredibly vulnerable,
not just strategically and militarily, but also economically.
The sanctions have indeed worked, bringing the Iranian regime to
a point of desperation. But sanctions should be eased only in exchange
for the Iranians' unequivocally and irreversibly abandoning their
nuclear ambitions. Now is the time to increase the pressure, not
A bad deal, we have been told, is worse than no deal at all. The
emerging agreement, however, is much worse than a bad deal. It rewards
the Iranians with billions of dollars while enabling them to build the
nuclear weapon they so desperately want - all under the veil of
détente. Signing it would mean taking a big step toward the
Shelley Berkley represented Southern Nevada in the U.S. House of
Representatives from 1999 to 2013. She is a member of the Board of
Directors of The Israel Project.
A nuclear Iran a major concern
By PETER ROSKAM
November 16, 2013
In 2005, North Korea announced plans to
abandon its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief from the
international community. The agreement was hailed as a historic
breakthrough by many, who believed diplomacy had successfully averted a
nuclear-armed North Korea. A year later, however, North Korea took the
world by surprise by successfully detonating its first nuclear device -
the product of North Korea's self-described "peaceful"
nuclear energy program.
Now Iran is attempting the same ruse by
claiming their nuclear development is a civilian energy program, and
the Obama administration is flirting with a dangerous nuclear deal that
would reduce pressure on the regime. But the intent of the Iranians to
develop nuclear weapons capability is clear. Iran operates thousands of
advanced centrifuges and is building a heavy water plutonium reactor -
both technologies used to develop nuclear weapons. International
inspectors are routinely denied access to sites suspected of weapons
testing in direct violation of international obligations. And Iran is
currently sitting on a massive arsenal of advanced long-range missiles
capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
A nuclear-capable Iran would pose a
monumental threat to U.S. national security and endanger thousands of
American troops serving overseas. It would spark a nuclear arms race in
an already-volatile Middle East. Warheads could fall into the hands of
Iranian terror proxies Hezbollah and Hamas, who have thousands of
advanced rockets ready to launch at a moment's notice. And the Pentagon
estimates that Iran will be able to flight test an intercontinental
ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the United States by 2015.
Time is not on our side. Iran has
accelerated its installation of advanced centrifuges over the past year
while steadily growing its stockpile of weapons-grade enriched uranium.
The Arak heavy water reactor will begin producing weapons-grade
plutonium by early 2014 - giving Iran an alternative path to the bomb.
And a study last month estimated that Iran may be weeks away from being
able to build a nuclear weapon. These developments reinforce
speculation that Iran may reach its nuclear breakout capacity much
sooner than the world anticipated.
Recently, Iran signed a limited
agreement with the UN to allow international inspectors improved access
to its nuclear facilities. But unfortunately the White House continues
to push a suckers deal to ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange
for cosmetic concessions that would do little to prevent a nuclear
Iran. The agreement would cripple U.S. negotiating leverage while
buying time for the mullahs to continue uranium enrichment. It's a
win-win for Iran, which would get sanctions relief and keep its nuclear
program, which is why the deal cannot go forward.
My colleagues and I will continue to
fight to intensify pressure on Iran until it abandons its quest for
nuclear weapons. This begins with the Senate promptly acting to pass
the critical, House-approved Iran sanctions package. We must continue
to implement crippling economic sanctions in order to extract
substantive nuclear concessions. Years of diplomacy have only moved
Iran closer to, not further from, building a nuclear bomb. So while we
hope to achieve a peaceful resolution through negotiations, we must
maintain a policy to prevent, not contain, a nuclear Iran.
represents the 6th District, which includes part of Naperville, in the
U.S. House of Representatives.
members frequently take the initiative to meet significant leaders and
especially those with a large bully pulpit and who have the potential
to reach the White House. These are not NORPAC events, but are
important for US-Israel relations. Jack Rosen, one of the nation's
foremost Jewish leaders took the initiative to host the Governor. We
are optimistic Coumo will be taking a delgation to Israel within the
Events: December 2013
Representative Ed Royce (R-CA)
NORPAC welcomes back Rep. Ed Royce at an event in Teaneck
in mid-December. This year, Ed Royce was the Principal Republican
Sponsor of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013 (H.R. 850) which
NORPAC members advocated for during our Mission to Washington and
passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives by a vote of 400
- 20. This legislation has been referred to the Senate Banking
Committee which is currently drafting similar legislation to move
forward with crippling sanctions against Iran, the world's leading
state sponsor of terrorism. This event will be hosted by Mort & Esther
Fridman, and supporting Congressman Royce is very worthwhile.
Avi Schranz to contribute or for more information at 201-788-5133 or Avi@NORPAC.net.
NORPAC's Recent Past Events
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
On November 17th, NORPAC hosted a dinner event at the home of Kevin
& Lori Lemmer for Senator Kelly Ayotte. First elected to the Senate
in 2010, she has quickly made her reputation as an upcoming leader in
the party and the Senate. She has been both active and vigilant in her
support of U.S.-Israel relations. She is also on the short list for
Republican candidates for the Executive Branch. We thank the Lemmer's
for their leadership in what was a fabulous evening with this national
leader. Senator Ayotte has moved herself into the forefront of Senators
working to prevent Iran from acquiring WMDs.
Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Dr. Laurie Baumel, NORPAC's Mission to Washington Co-Chair, hosted a
lunch event for Rep. Steve Chabot on Sunday, November 17th. Since
becoming a Member of Congress, Steve has served on the Committee of the
Judiciary, the Committee on Small Business, and the Committee on
Foreign Affairs. He was named to the role of Chairman of the Foreign
Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in 2013, after previously
serving as the Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa
Subcommittee from 2011-2012. Rep. Chabot is also a long-standing member
of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus. This event was also chaired
by Dr Mort Fridman, and we thank Mort for his fantastic
Senator James Risch (R-ID)
On Sunday, November 3rd, NORPAC sponsored an
event in support of Senator James (Jim) Risch at the home of Elisabeth
& Avi Samuels in Englewood. Senator Risch is the second highest
ranking Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Importantly, he is the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations
Subcommittee that oversees U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and
Senator Risch has strongly
supported Israel and its right to defend itself since his election to
the U.S. Senate in 2009. In 2010, he sponsored a resolution to express
the sense of the Senate that Israel has an undeniable right to
self-defense, and to condemn the destabilizing actions by extremists
aboard the ship Mavi Marmara. He also co-authored a letter with Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) condemning the U.N.'s anti-Israel efforts the
We are grateful to add Avi
and Elisabeth to the NORPAC Hosting Club. Avi did a great job getting
people to and funds for the event, and his leadership is a welcome
addition to our ranks.
Congressman Albio Sires
NORPAC welcomed back
Congressman Albio Sires at an event hosted by Dr. Munr Kazmir in
Closter, New Jersey.
Recently, Congressman Sires supported the passage of H.R. 850, the
Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013, and H.R. 4133, the United
States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. Both these
pieces of legislation were actively advocated for by participants at
NORPAC's Mission to Washington 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Coming from a Cuban background, Rep. Sires has also condemned
anti-Semitic remarks made by Fidel Castro and has worked to fight bias
against the Jewish people abroad. This member of Congress is in
our opinion going to take on a more important role in Foreign Affairs
policy and legislation in the coming years.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
NORPAC hosted an event in
support of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) at the home of Rabbi Steven
& Yael Weil in October. Jeffries is a freshman Congressman whose
district encompasses the lower-middle and eastern portions of Brooklyn,
including Canarsie and East New York. He currently sits on the
Committees on Budget and Judiciary, respectively. As a Member of
Congress, Hakeem Jeffries co-sponsored the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act
of 2013 (H.R. 850), The U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013
(H.R. 938), and The Iron Dome Support Act (H.R. 1130).
Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA)
Ed Royce (R-CA) was hosted in Riverdale by Howard and Debbie Jonas. For
the 113th Congress, Royce was selected by the Speaker and his Caucus to
be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce has served on
the Committee since entering Congress in 1993. He also serves as
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Congressman Eliot Engel
Eliot Engel (D-NY) was hosted in Riverdale by Howard and Debbie Jonas.
For years, Eliot has been a co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies
Caucus and a leader in sponsoring and drafting legislation in support
and defense of Israel. His strong record on U.S.-Israel relations is
backed by his ability to work across the aisle to gain bipartisan
support on critical legislation related to Israel, our strongest ally
in the Middle East.
There are few if any Members of Congress who have both a commitment as
deep and a record of accomplishment as long on U.S.-Israel relations as
Eliot Engel. He has been at the forefront of almost every major piece
of legislation regarding the relationship of America and Israel during
his long tenure in the House of Representatives. He was the original
author of the House version of the Syria Accountability Act.
NORPAC events with dates pending:
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI);
Chair Moshael Straus
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK);
Chair Jason Muss
Congressman Scott Garrett
(R-NJ); Chair Kevin Lemmer
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC);
Chair Baruch Prince
Senator Jeff Sessions Chair
Senator Mary Landrieu Chair
Senator Chris Coons January
Chair Jack Rosen
Senator Chris Coons March
Chair Harry Fader
We are seeking hosts for events for the following Members of
Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Congressman Nita Lowey
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
Not so bad to be old
I got my first Senior Discount at the Paramus
Zoo a couple of months ago. I got another one recently at the first
movie I have gone to this year. My son was surprised to see me take the
extra time to save the one dollar. I am uncertain why, but that
discount felt great. I have made it into an exclusive club, AARP, no
youngsters need apply. We have made it big, movie discounts and
Medicare. Gd willing I will use them both for a long time and get my
moneys worth from all the years I paid in.
- To Roz and Leon Kozak
on the birth of a granddaughter, Kayla Frances, to their
children Ami and Rozy Kozak
- To Anne and Jerry
Gontownik on the birth of their granddaughter, Eliana Leba, to Ari
and Shira Gontownik.
- To Esther and Mort
Fridman on the engagement of their son Rabbi Daniel Fridman to Dr.
- To Avi Schranz on his
upcoming marriage to Devorah Friedman
- To Esther and Ben
Chouake on the Birth of a granddaughter, Layla Zahara, to Tovah
and Michael Javitt.
Any members with a mazel tov
announcement may send it to email@example.com
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