Andrew Silow-Carroll’s recent column quoted the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ as saying that the federation’s role is “…to help educate our community by sharing some of the most thoughtful analysis and encourage our community members to express their views to members of Congress, making clear that whether you support or don’t support the deal, Israel’s concerns are legitimate and important” (“The federations and the Iran deal,” July 23).
Furthermore, the federation stated that it “welcomes the close scrutiny by Congress,” but did not go so far as opposing the deal. Instead, it says its community relations arm will “engage closely with our congressional delegation.”
I am very disappointed in the federation’s viewpoint on the deal with Iran. Or, should I say, lack of viewpoint. It’s such a noncommittal approach. They don’t want to offend anyone, so instead, they are offending everyone. I personally am opposed to the deal, but my point of view is not the issue here. The federation should take a stand one way or the other. They should either support it or oppose it, but don’t not take a stand. That is just passing the buck.