(photo via moshekantor.com)
I think everyone can agree that P5 +1 Iran nuclear negotiations seem to have gotten…nowhere. As U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said, there’s a “less than even shot” of a nuclear deal with Iran. The dispute (and sanctions) has lasted 12 years without Iran’s willingness to make the necessary concessions. Every half a year we see the nuclear negotiations deadline fly past without achieving any agreement, only to be renewed time and time again.
It has almost become farcical to see the way negotiations play out.
Even the major Jewish lobby groups, which have been so vocal up till now, have been strangely silent of late. This comes as a surprise; the issue uniquely affects the Jewish community, as Iran’s principal target is Israel.
It does seem that some philanthropic Jewish individuals have been, at the very least, generating some discussion around the issue. Such as Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, who organized the International Luxembourg Forum on the Prospects of Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation that was held on December 2nd.
According to their website, “The Forum was established pursuant to a decision of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe held in Luxembourg on May 24-25, 2007.” They have been held 18 times since then. The last of these forums was held in Geneva on June 10-11, 2014.
Since its start, the forum has been headed by Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, who also heads the European Jewish Congress.
The forum does not appear to provide any direct political action, but is indeed a step in the right direction. It stands as an “independent” discussion predominantly among scientists. The aim of these scientists is to mitigate nuclear threat through promoting peace among nations, and facilitating “the process of arms limitation and reduction.” The scientists come from nations worldwide, predominantly Russia and the U.S.
Their aim is noble, though with limited implication. I wish them the best and hope to see other Jewish leaders and organizations get involved in similar projects.