On August 11, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) held a “town hall meeting and listening session” about the Iran nuclear deal with more than 500 Brooklyn residents. The event was hosted by AIPAC and co-sponsored by the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel of America and other organizations.
Congressman Jeffries told the crowd that Senator Schumer’s opposition to the deal has been very valuable to him as he continues to review and evaluate the deal, and determine how he will vote. Rep. Jeffries said that he will speak with Sen. Schumer before he makes a final decision because “Schumer’s opinion is something I value greatly.” The congressman noted that, while the deal is flawed, his primary question about the deal is whether or not “we have the best possible agreement under the circumstances.”
Rep. Jeffries also remarked that his decision about the deal would reflect “the best possible results for this country, for Israel and for our allies in the Middle East.”
Immediately prior to the Town Hall event, Rep. Jeffries met with a small group of community leaders from the sponsoring organizations and synagogues who thanked him for his support for Israel and discussed the flaws within the Iran Deal. The greatest concern among the group was Iran’s access to billions of dollars in funds that the regime can use to support more terrorism around the globe and threaten the United States.