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Queens. New York City Rep. Grace Meng.

Democratic Rep. Grace Meng, whose Queens, New York City district includes a large Jewish population, has become the first House member in her party to break ranks with the party line and state her opposition to the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran.

Rep. Meng also is a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee.

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She praised President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for their efforts but added that she discovered too many holes in the agreement, particularly concerning inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Rep, Meng stated:

I strongly believe the world could and should have a better deal than that set forth in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which I will therefore oppose.

I believe the inspections procedures set forth are flawed.

She also echoed Israel’s argument that the agreement would result in a windfall of tens of billions of dollars for Hezbollah terror.

Meng explained:

The immediate sanctions relief provided Iran in the deal would incentivize the funding of terrorism and lessen Iran’s interest in restraining its nuclear ambitions over the long term. I commend President Obama and Secretary Kerry for their efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but the deal before us now is simply too dangerous for the American people.

I have every confidence a better deal can be realized.

New York City’s Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel is grasping with his political dilemma of whether or not to go against President Obama. He told the Observer last week that some parts of the agreement are “very troubling” but has not yet taken a definite position.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Grace Meng is an absolute disgrace. She is selling out her party, president and peace for a few votes and probably lots of Sheldon Adelson cash. Rather than work for peace, she looks at her career first nad says, I think the wind is blowing this way in my district.

    No, it isn't. There are far more Jews who support this deal that oppose it. And Grace Meng is going to be primaried for sure.

    Nobody can vote for war and against their party and Presdient and expect to return to office. My friends and I are already organizaing to challenge her in the next primary and ake sure we get a decent leader. She has been a nepotisim-based disaster.

    Shame, Grace. I expected so much more from you. Shalom.

  2. Gump Chun, you are very wrong to make this issue with Iran partisan! Have you read this ridiculous agreement? This is NOT only about Israel. Today Iran announced the construction of 2 more nuclear facilities being built! AND the purchase of new fighter planes from China! Do you really think you are dealing with a regime that is sane? The Mullahs are screaming deaths to America! And laughing all the way to the bank!!! Please examine the actual deal and try very hard not to be partisan. This deal needs to be re-worked. It can be done. Yesterday the French negotiator ( his name escapes me now), started walking back the agreement and hopes to renegotiate. You can check all of this out. Just remember that Iran doesn't need ballistic missiles to wipe out Israel. The Russian missiles will be aimed at the west!

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