On the surface, the New START treaty doesn't have much to do with the work of Jewish advocacy groups. But ever since Iran became part of the pro-ratification rhetoric, Jewish groups like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) have weighed in, as Iran has become inextricably tied to Israel's security.
On Nov. 19, the ADL released a statement calling on Congress to ratify the treaty. The statement, which came from Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, echoed the words of the Obama administration:
The severe damage that could be inflicted on that relationship by failing to ratify the treaty would inevitably hamper effective American international leadership to stop the Iranian nuclear weapons program.
The Iranian nuclear threat is the most serious national security issue facing the United States, Israel, and other allies in the Middle East. While some Senators may have legitimate reservations about the New START treaty or its protocol, we believe the interest of our greater and common goal of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons must take precedence.
On Monday, JINSA blasted its policy letter through email, siding against the treaty.