Iranian Chutzpah

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April 14, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

"Chutzpah" is a Yiddish word, which has become popular in America.

It means “nerve,” but somehow sounds better.

"Chutzpah" applies to Iran’s latest outrage.

Iran just appointed a man involved in the seizure of 52 American hostages in Tehran as its new UN ambassador.

Remember those Americans brutally held in Tehran for 444 days?

Well, this person was reportedly involved.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise from a country that knows no end of outrageous acts – vital help for the murderous Syrian regime… support for terrorist groups… systematic repression of human rights… and flagrant violation of binding UN Security Council resolutions.

Thankfully, Congress reacted swiftly.

It unanimously called on our country to deny the Iranian envoy, with his dangerous history, a visa.

And the White House agreed.

Bravo to Washington for standing its ground!

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