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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 18, 2018 (JTA)--"Transparent," the Amazon Studios television series about the Jewish trans- gender matriarch of a Los Angeles family, will end after its upcoming fifth season. Actor Jeffrey Tambor, who plays the lead role of Maura Pfefferman, was fired from the series in February, fol- lowing an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed two women associ- ated with the production. In November, Trace Lysette,who plays a recurring character on the series, and Van Barnes, Tambor's former assistant, accused him of sexual mis- conduct. Creator Jill Soloway an- nounced the show's finale in a story about the al- legations against Tambor in the Hollywood Reporter Monday. Tambor has denied the allegations. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, his first since the allegations came to light, the Jewish actor said: "Lines got blurred." He continued: "I was diffi- cult, I was mean I was rude to my assistant. I was moody. Sometimes I didn't talk at all." He said of Barnes' allega- tions: "I dispute her account I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tact- less. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not." "Transparent" has been a major success for Amazon, which released the show on its streaming service, garner- ing multiple Emmy Awards, including one for Tambor as outstanding lead actor in 2016. It is scheduled to start its final season on May 29. Jewish themes and char- acters abound in the show, whose characters include a rabbi and Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe and whose episodes have been set in Israel and at various Los Angeles Jewish landmarks. ts open Chip Somodevi|la/Getty Images White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, center, flanked by Treasury Sec- retary Steven Mnuchin, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, listening to President Donald Trump announcing his decision to withdraw the U.S. Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, May 8, 2018. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- When President Donald Trump teased and then announced he would be m m m 1 2 3 S M I t Sl P 21 22 23 A P E 28 B O S 31 A T T 34 S H E 37 4 E L L! 4 ~-- ~ ~,~ D E ,-, 49 50 D I D 55 A M E 58 B E R pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal, the next obvious question was, what next? What was Plan B? "Congress has heard noth- ing about an alternative," I I 26 27 N S E R U S E D 45 S E S 48 F 54 E T N A T E I N 258496173 479831625 316257849 635129487 Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said at a hearing on Iran on Tuesday. That was just hours before Trump announced that he was indeed pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Royce noted that he and others on the committee had opposed the deal in 2015 and had been eager to work with Trump to fix it. Trump's announcement was short on answers. "Over the past few months, we have engaged extensively with our allies and partners around the world, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom," Trump said. "We have also consulted with our friends from across the Middle East. We are uni- fied in our understanding of the threat and in our convic- tion that Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon." And yet, France, Germany and Britain remain com- mitted to the deal. "Our friends in the Middle East," particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia, wanted out. "Unified in our understanding"? Not so much. The split was evident in the minutes following Trump's announcement, when leaders 924678351 781543962 5637 14298 147982536 8923657 14 Owned And Operated By NRT LLC had responses at the ready. France, Britain and Germany jointly pleaded with Trump to do his best not to harm the deal, called the Joint Compre- hensive Plan of Action, even while leaving it. "We urge the U.S. to ensure that the structures of the JCPOA can remain intact," they said in a statement, "and to avoid taking actions that can obstruct its full implementation by all other parties to the deal." Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu was eager to see the deal's end. "Israel fully supports Presi- dent Trump's bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal with the terror- ist regime in Tehran," he said. Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, said on Twitter that his country "fully sup- ported" the pullout. The American Israel Pub- lic Affairs Committee, like an array of other Jewish organizations, released a statement following Trump's announcement recognizing the tensions and seeking a path toward reconciling them. "We recognize that there are significant differences over this decision," said the statement from the group, which opposed and lobbied hard against the 2015 deal. "AIPAC remains committed to working with Congress and the administration in a bipartisan fashion to forge policies that will ensure Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapons capability or real- ize its dangerous regional ambitions." How that works is less than clear. The deal swaps sanctions relief for Iran's rollback of its nuclear program. Trump had said he might stay in the deal if it could be renegotiated to remove "sunset" clauses that allow Iran to resume some enrichment of fissile material within a decade. He also wants a tougher inspections regime and to roll a missile testing ban into the deal. European allies said re- opening the deal now, partic- ularly in relation to the sunset clauses, was impossible, especially given the adamant NATHALIE TOLEDANO REALTOR (407) 488-2763 CELL (407) 647-1211 EXT 3685 BUSINESS (407) 628-1210 FAX @ RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 400 Park Avenue South, Suite 210 Winter Park, FL 32789 www.floridamoves.eonffnathalie.toledano opposition of the other par- ties: Iran, Russia and China. Instead, they countenanced increasing pressure on Iran in other arenas, including new sanctions targeting its missile testing, and then committing to pressure on Iran as the sunset clauses loomed closer to extend bans on enrichment. In his presidential order quashing the deal, Trump said he was ready to keep talking. "I am open to consulta- tions with allies and part- ners on future international agreements to counter the full range of Iran's threats, including the nuclear weapon and intercontinental ballistic missile threats, and the heads of agencies shall advise me, as appropriate, regarding opportunities for such con- sultations," the order said. There may be some room to talk. Iranian President Has- san Rouhani and other lead- ers said following Trump's an- nouncement that they were ready to take up Europe's offer to figure out a way to stay in the deal. "If the Europeans are willing to give us sufficient guarantees, it makes sense for us to stay in the deal," Ali Motahar, the deputy speaker of Iran's parliament, said in remarks quoted by the Wash- ington Post. Additionally, the Trump administration would have to put in place staff and mecha- nisms to monitor compliance with U.S. sanctions, a process that could take months, giv- ing some leeway to renegoti- ate a deal. But now that the United States is out of the deal, the stars may be aligning to keep another deal from replacing it. The sanctions Trump will reinstate target countries, businesses and individuals that deal with Iran's financial system. Simply announcing the reimposition of sanctions is likely to have an inhibitive effect on doing business with Iran, effectively crippling the deal almost immediately. And Trump made clear in his an- nouncement he was not going to be sparing in his sanctions. "We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction," he said. "Any na- tion that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanc- tioned by the United States." Speaking to reporters afterward, John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said there would be 90-180-day "wind down" pe- riods for companies that have existing contracts in Iran. If those sanctions kick in for European companies, it could poison the atmosphere between the United States and those allies, making co- ordination on a reconfigured deal less likely. The other circumstance clouding the prospect of a new deal was tensions between Israel and Iran in Syria. Iran has for years as- sisted the Assad regime in quelling the civil war in that country, and Israel has said in recent months that it cannot tolerate a permanent Iranian presence in the country. On Tuesday, shortly after Trump's announcement, Israel's military increased its readiness on the northern border in the Golan Heights in response to what it is call- ing "unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria" Trump's announcement also revived old tensions and heated rhetoric that preceded the JCPOA's adoption. Morton Klein, the hawkish head of the Zionist Organization of America, tweeted, "I'm thrilled Trump kept yet another promise in ending catastrophic Iran Dealwhich I believe Obama instituted to strengthen Iran's ability to harm Israel. We urge Trump to make clear if Iran doesn't end their nuke program, US & Israel will be forced to con- sider military action." "A regime that serially cel- ebrates the denial of the Nazi Holocaust--history's most documented genocide--ever took place, can be relied upon to lie about its commitments to the international com- munity," said Rabbis Marvin Hier, founder and dean and Abraham Cooper, associate dean, of the Simon Wisenthal Center, in a statement. "Lying is the national anthem and magna carta of the Ayatol- lah's regime." And former President Barack Obama, who consid- ered the JCPOA a hallmark of his presidency, offered a rare response to a move by Trump, saying his successor had scrapped a deal that was working. "Without the JCPOA, the United States could even- tually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear- armed Iran or another war in the Middle East," Obama wrote on Facebook. "We all know the dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. It could embolden an already dangerous regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America's own security; and trigger an arms race in the world's most dangerous region. If the constraints on Iran's nuclear program under the JCPOA are lost, we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it."