Statement in support of Iran agreement
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., gave the following statement today to announce her support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany (P5+1) regarding Iran's nuclear capabilities:
“After years of intense diplomacy, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action now provides a way forward. I’ve given the plan careful consideration, met with military and policy leaders, and listened to Arizonans across our state – and I have decided to support it. No approach to Iran is without risk, and the deal is not perfect, but the United States has an opportunity to lead the world on a historic and critical diplomatic course against danger and chaos.
“Global conflicts and rapid change demand stronger and more durable protections for our nation and allies. The Iraq War took a tremendous toll on our country, and I believe we must do everything in our power, in concert with five of the world’s largest powers, to prevent a dangerous proliferation of nuclear weapons and a new war.
“As an American and a supporter of Israel, I have backed tough sanctions against Iran, but now is the time to launch a new chapter of vigorous enforcement, oversight and accountability to prevent Iran from advancing its nuclear capabilities. I will remain vigilant and work to ensure that any violation of this agreement is met with a swift response from the United States and the international community. Our nation shares an unbreakable bond with Israel, so it is important that the U.S. also moves forward on long-term agreements with Israel that will strengthen and enhance their military capabilities.
“I am grateful to the many Arizona constituents who provided thoughtful input on both sides of this important issue. This was a difficult decision, but ultimately, I will support this agreement because it blocks Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon, protects Israel and launches a historic diplomatic agreement that prepares us for the future in an increasingly volatile world.”
Notable examples of bipartisan, U.S.-Israeli support for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:
U.S. diplomatic and national security leaders:
Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State in George W. Bush administration, former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff in George H.W. Bush administration. Read more here.
Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State in the Clinton administration and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration. Read more here.
Brent Scowcroft, former U.S. National Security Advisor in George H.W. Bush administration and Ford administration. Read more here.
James Cunningham, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel in Obama administration. Read more here.
William Harrop, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel in George H.W. Bush administration. Read more here.
Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel in George W. Bush administration. Read more here.
Edward S. Walker Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Israel in Clinton administration. Read more here.
More than 100 other former U.S. Ambassadors. Read more here.
Israeli diplomatic and national security leaders:
Ami Avalon, former director of Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency, former Navy commander-in-chief. Read more here.
Efraim Halevy, former director of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, former head of the National Security Council. Read more here.
Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli minister of Foreign Affairs and Internal Security. Read more here.
Dov Tamari, former Israeli military intelligence chief, former head of special operations.
Uzi Arad, former Israeli national security advisor.
Peace and Security Association (represents hundreds of Israeli security experts, Mossad, Shin Bet and police). Read more here.