So, about this Iran deal…

The arguments about this deal have in many cases ignored the content of the deal, and targeted instead the people for or against. Thank goodness for some good old fashioned common sense from Jonathan Greenblatt (national director of the Anti-Defamation League):

Congress and the American people are focused on what everyone agrees is a historic, serious and consequential foreign policy decision β€” the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran.

While we all hope for a debate based on substance and conducted with civility, the truth is that political debates today are often characterized more by slogans and fearmongering than by evidence-based deliberations. Some of the rhetoric around the debate over the Iran deal has been far from edifying and downright worrying.

He then mentions some of the offenders on both sides, like Mike Huckabee’s over the top comment about Obama leading Israel β€œto the door of the ovens.”

He also notes:

A number of liberal advocacy groups have impugned the reputation of Sen. Charles Schumer, who is Jewish, describing the New York Democrat as a warmonger, a puppet of the Israeli prime minister and a traitor. Such accusations are baseless and unhelpful.

You may take it that “unhelpful” is an understatement.

In passing, while he affirms the underlying support of Obama for Israel, he does criticize that establishment for being involved in:

“characterizations that in the eyes of many members of the Jewish community recall malicious accusations about Jews.”

In short, he’s saying that – perhaps unwittingly – they have made common cause with anti-semites. It would be good if the White House paid attention.

Meantime, Greenblatt’s closing comments are to be applauded:

Our message to both sides is clear: Debate this policy on the facts, without engaging in personal attacks on the intent or character of our leaders. Stick to your arguments and lobby hard. Express concerns without demonizing your opponents. Realize that accusations may linger long into the future. Let all of us, liberal or conservative, hawk or dove, commit to reject personal attacks and to avoid innuendo and stereotypes, whether intentional or not.

But will the applause be matched by the involved parties following the good words with good actions?

You can read the whole thing, here.