Partners for Progressive Israel (PPI) is relieved and heartened by the deal just concluded between Iran and the P5+1 powers in Vienna. While no agreement with an adversary can provide absolute guarantees, we believe that this accord is an important step in the direction of preventing Iranian development of a nuclear capability, with a strong and transparent verification mechanism. Thus, contrary to the harsh criticism leveled against it by Prime Minister Netanyahu and his supporters in this country, we have no doubt that this makes Israel, the region, and the whole world safer than they were. We also believe that it should provide that much more impetus for Israel to seriously negotiate a permanent status agreement with the PLO, which is within reach.
We applaud those Israeli and American Jewish (and other) groups and individuals who have already expressed their support for the agreement and look forward to working with them in pursuit of more positive measures to build down Middle Eastern tensions.
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