JTA Reports: Two U.S. senators and the head of Germany’s Jewish community urged German deputies from the Bundestag’s German-Iranian parliamentary group to cancel a trip to Iran. The Oct. 27 visit was announced last month by the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Iran as a means to “build bridges” with that country.
“At this particularly sensitive juncture in diplomatic relations, the international community needs to send a clear, unified message to Tehran as we pressure the regime to come to the negotiating table,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wrote in an email to The Jerusalem Post. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote to the Israeli newspaper noting “that sending a delegation to Iran sends the wrong message.”