Israel’s interest continues to dominate Iran discussion: Washington Senator Patty Murray mentioned Israel more often than the United States in her statement supporting the Iran deal, while J Street’s petition backing Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s support for the deal only mentions Israel.
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Federal law bars aid to countries trafficking in technology outside the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. Shouldn’t this bar US aid to Israel? The federal government has a gag order on such information, even as media pressure builds to discuss Israeli nukes
The rightwing Israel lobby used to be able to get 76 Senate signatures on a napkin overnight. Now it’s losing its power. Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Indiana Sen Joe Donnelly both are bucking it.
Jerrold Nadler is the only Jewish member of Congress from NY to support the Iran Deal, and his statement repeatedly stresses his devotion to Israel, lest he will pay for this decision
Many Jewish voices are lamenting the tragic division of the US Jewish community over the Iran Deal. The historic division is over a critical question, the US national interest versus Israel’s, and it signals the day when the many Jews who support BDS will at last get a hearing in synagogues and community centers
As Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell indicates that Obama has won the Iran Deal, the parties prepare for 2016: a divided Israel lobby, and Joe Biden’s camp saying he has “Jews” behind him
The politics of the Iran Deal have been a largely-Jewish affair. Sticking with the theme, Pittsburgh Jews accuse Obama of allowing a Second Holocaust, Israel’s ambassador openly works against the administration that welcomed him by lobbying the Hill, and Paul Pillar of the National Interest says that Israel’s machinations here are fostering “disgust.”
Former political prisoners of the Islamic Republic of Iran write in support of the Iran Deal: “We believe this agreement would reinforce peace and stability in the Middle East and the world. It will help develop and foster a relationship between both the Iranian and American people that will strongly benefit the interests of both nations. Furthermore, such an agreement will help counter the spread of terrorism within the region and around the world.”
Bret Stephens’s loony neoconservatism alights in Hiroshima, where he says that dropping the nuclear bomb turned Japan into a nation of peaceniks, and we shouldn’t forget that lesson now… for Iran?
Much of the lobbying for the Iran Deal has been an inside Jewish game, with the White House begging to address AIPAC activists, with two Jewish officials, Wendy Sherman and Adam Szubin. Chuck Schumer’s defection is damaging this effort.
Tell CT Senator Blumenthal, don’t follow Schumer; the Iran Deal is a really good deal for the United States and the world.
Four months before he died, President John Kennedy told Israel’s PM that American support of Israel ‘could be seriously jeopardized’ if Israel did not let the United States obtain ‘reliable information’ about Israel’s efforts in the nuclear field. Israel defied the U.S., and President Johnson was far more accepting.
Shibley Telhami says that Netanyahu got the nuclear deal with Iran because he tried to play Obama in 2011-2012 to believe that Israel was about to attack Iran. Netanyahu wanted to hurt Obama in the election and get the Americans to attack Iran. Jeffrey Goldberg piece played right into the strategy.
Racism surely played a role in western misconceptions of Iran’s plans. Iran is somehow deemed inferior to Western powers, which are thought to be rational and responsible in spite of their record of two world wars and innumerable colonial wars, including recent unwarranted attacks on Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries.
The rightwing Israel lobby is gearing up for a full-scale war with Obama over the Iran deal. A few Democrats are in the middle. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY is hedging. So is Cory Booker. While Geo Bush’s former pollster says he supports Obama over Netanyahu.
Israel always told us that Iranian nukes were a threat to its very existence. Now that Obama has removed that problem, Israel says it’s not the real problem. No, it’s Iran’s pressure on Israel’s occupation.
“Netanyahu hates it so it must be good” — a typical letter to the New York Times, from readers overwhelmingly celebrating the Iran deal
Hillary Clinton’s backer Haim Saban called for Israel to ‘bomb living daylights’ out of Iran if it did not like the deal, but Clinton has now endorsed the deal. And AIPAC twiddles its thumbs, with tepid opposition. The lobby is in crisis.
“It is possible to change,” President Obama said in announcing a nuclear deal with Iran. The Middle East is setting out on a “different path,” one of “tolerance and peaceful resolution of conflict”
In an attempt to speak directly to the Iranian public mustering up sentiment against the P5+1 talks between world leaders and Iran set to expire tonight, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a Twitter account in Farsi. Farsi speakers responded in droves by cursing Netanyahu and the state of Israel.
As the P5+1 push ahead to make a deal with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, the Israeli prime minister has published his latest cartoon to try and stop the deal. This cartoon equates ISIS, the Islamic state, with the “Islamic State of Iran” and suggests that the west is going to allow ISIS […]
Jeffrey Goldberg falsely tied Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda and fabricated a moral case for invading Iraq, Ken Silverstein writes at the Observer, seeking to give Goldberg a “pundit reckoning” for this disastrous judgment, no his career has soared
Even as Sen. Ben Cardin spearheads legislation to subvert Obama’s deal with Iran, he and colleagues ignore Israel’s 30-year defiance of nuclear nonproliferation and oversight
Within days of President Obama’s framework agreement on the Iran nuclear program polls showed that the American public supported the framework by almost 2-to-1, but the support weakened as opposition to the deal emerged from the Israeli government, AIPAC, other members of the Israel lobby. Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin deconstruct a column by Jewish Journal of Los Angeles publisher David Suissa which parrots the Israel lobby opposition to the deal.
Does Obama have a winning hand on Iran deal? Bill Kristol says the neocons may have walked into a “trap” on legislation that was supposed to stop the deal, but may actually clear the way for it, while Marco Rubio may push an amendment that Iran must recognize Israel’s right to exist.