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March 27, 2015  RSS feed
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Local community voices support at state Senate hearing on Iran


Tampa attorney Laureen Galeoto with Florida State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, a Democrat from Palm Beach County, who championed the resolution on Iran sanctions. Tampa attorney Laureen Galeoto with Florida State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, a Democrat from Palm Beach County, who championed the resolution on Iran sanctions. A local attorney, representing the area’s Jewish Federations, went to Tallahassee to speak in favor of state legislative resolution calling for new economic sanctions on Iran in the event it violates international agreements related to its nuclear program.

Tampa attorney Laureen Galeoto spoke on behalf of the Tampa JCC & Federation, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Orlando Jewish Federation, before the state Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs on Monday, March 23.

She urged the committee to pass a Senate Memorial – basically a resolution – calling for new sanctions if an international deal on Iran’s nuclear capability is not reached by the end of March, or if a deal is reached and Iran then violates it.

The committee unanimously approved the measure, introduced by Sen. Daniel Abruzzo, the Democratic minority whip from Palm Beach County. A similar resolution is moving through the House.

Galeoto said basically the state Senate and House efforts are to join other states in asking Congress and President Obama for new sanctions if violations occur.

She said she was proud to make her presentation to the committee, noting that only one other person, a college student at FSU, spoke to the committee, also in favor of the measure.

Galeoto, who is on the Tampa JCC & Federation board, said that Chaim Shacham, Israel Consul General to Florida, has let the committee know he also is in support of the action.

In 2006, in response to concerns that Iran was attempting to develop nuclear weapons, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and China – in partnership with Germany, convened to negotiate with Iran. As a result, in 2013 all parties signed a Joint Plan of Action calling on the nations to negotiate a mutually-agreed upon long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.

The deadline for reaching the framework for a pact that would allow Iran to have a nuclear program for peaceful purposes but not to enrich uranium to a grade needed for nuclear weapons has had extensions but is now set for March 31. Should a deal be reached, the deadline for technical details to be agreed upon is June 30.

Negotiations on the framework agreement have at times been contentious and controversial, with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu expressing concern in a joint speech to Congress that the deal would include too many concessions to Iran.

Galeoto said the measure she spoke in favor of is to apply pressure to Iran to reach a deal by the March 31 deadline and to not violate it.

This is not the first time the local Jewish community has been outspoken when it comes to Iran.

In 2012, the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation (TOP) announced an “anti-terror” approach to investments, designed to avoid direct or passive support of Iran along with Sudan and others terrorist operations and activities in those countries.


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