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
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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.
Netanyahu’s latest cartoon aimed at stopping the Iran deal equates ISIS with the “Islamic State of Iran” and says the west is allowing it to build nukes aimed at the U.S. Its actual name is the Islamic Republic.
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.
Netanyahu’s speech on Holocaust remembrance day was mostly about Iran, saying it is “just like the Nazis” in seeking to control the world and “exterminate 6 million Jews.” And we let this man anywhere near our foreign policy?
Netanyahu put out Islamophobic ideas on US TV yesterday, calling Iran a “militant Islamic power bent on world domination” and given to “congenital cheating.” Does Iran get the ability to rebut these claims?
The opposition to Obama’s Iran deal is flailing. The neoconservatives say that he is Neville Chamberlain trusting the Nazis, and a bad golfer. But Obama has the center and the left, Trita Parsi says. Though maybe not the New York Times.
With one day left before the deadline for an agreement on the contours of an Iranian nuclear deal, negotiations look set to go “down to the wire”, in the White House’s phrase – or possibly past it. The possible deal’s most prominent critic is staying on the offensive. “The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression – on the contrary, Iran gets a prize for its aggression,” Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Monday.
With less than a week before the March 31 deadline to finalize the outlines of a nuclear deal, the relative positions of Iran and the Western powers are coming into focus. Israel sees its regional nuclear monopoly hanging in the balance and has sent a national security delegation to Paris to influence the negotiations. Meanwhile, the nascent U.S.-Israel breach continues to widen, as anonymous White House sources accuse Benjamin Netanyahu of using information obtained through espionage to lobby Congress against a deal.